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Mild winter sees rising cereal disease levels and early drilling

While the mild, dry winter is fuelling a build-up of key diseases in winter cereal crops, it is also allowing some farmers to make an early start to spring barley…


Five farm tenancies open for tender in Cambridgeshire

Five county farms in Cambridgeshire of between 92 and 379 acres are up for letting from October. More than 995 acres of the council’s 33,000-acre estate are up for grabs…


Flindt on Friday: Hopes dashed by shredded and pathetic OSR

It didn’t seem quite right to stand in a field full of majestic oilseed rape and curse loudly. But I was in Bungalow field, in early January, and I was…


The land market where you live: West Midlands

Some big prices were paid in the West Midlands in 2018, with one sale of arable land fetching £15,000/acre. Data from Strutt & Parker emphasises regional agents’ views that there…


How farmers will be affected by new drone rules

A clampdown against irresponsible drone flights near airports will also affect the proper and beneficial use of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture. Farmers, agronomists and agri-tech companies will…


Grain trader Gleadell and Dunns to be bought by ADM

Independent grain trader Gleadell Agriculture is set to come under the exclusive ownership of US-based trading and shipping corporation Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). ADM and French agricultural co-operative Invivo…


Hundreds of lambing ewes stolen in Norfolk farm raid

Police are appealing for information to help catch those responsible for a large-scale sheep theft. Initially, officers suspected that more around 500 sheep had been stolen from a field in…


Farm partnership fined after child injured by ATV

A Devon farming partnership has been ordered to pay more than £33,000 after a young boy suffered a serious leg injury while travelling in an all-terrain vehicle. The nine-year-old boy…


Dog walker's cattle death prompts safety reminder

A retired biology lecturer was trampled to death by a herd of cows while out walking his dog. Father-of-two John McNamara, 67, died following the incident on a farm in…


Flat beef trade continues into new year

Beef prices have remained constrained in 2019 but reports suggest things could be starting to improve. An autumn cattle surplus filled chillers and left a backlog last year as rising…


Vaderstad app helps set up machines correctly

A recent augmented reality smartphone app from Vaderstad allows operators to get a live demonstration of how to get their machine running as it should. See also: How precision farming…


British Sugar increases beet harvest prediction

British Sugar has increased its estimate for this season’s harvest due to higher than expected sugar contents. The beet processor now is forecasting a sugar crop of 1.15 million tonnes…


Scots tenants urged to complete amnesty before scheme end

Scottish farmers are being urged to take advantage of the tenants’ amnesty campaign and apply for compensation for improvements they have made before the scheme draws to a close. This…

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