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Spot-spraying system could save millions on herbicides

A new weed-seeking camera system on Agrifac’s Condor sprayers is able to detect unwanted plants in growing wheat crops before administering a targeted jet of chemical to wipe them out.…


NFU19: Food tariffs to protect farmers in no-deal Brexit

Tariffs and quotas will be imposed on food imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit to protect British farmers, the government has announced. But producers also face the prospect…


Farmer Focus: Veganuary did our profits wonders

What a January it was. We beat our January turnover from last year by a country mile - I must thank the vegan campaign. It was refreshing to hear so…


Countryside Stewardship – tips for 2019 scheme

Key elements of England's Countryside Stewardship opened for applications this week. Alice De Soer at the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV) explains what’s new and gives tips on applying.…


Boron shortage an increasing problem in wheat crops

An increasing proportion of wheat crops being tested are deficient in boron, which could be costing farmers lost grain yield. Boron is a key nutrient that affects flower development and…


Multi-annual contracts set to return for sugar beet

Sugar beet growers are expected to be offered multi-annual contracts for the 2020-21 crop – one year after they were withdrawn by British Sugar. British Sugar managing director Paul Kenward…


Scops seeking sheep farmer to become chair elect

The Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (Scops) group is on the hunt for an active sheep farmer to fulfil the position of a chair elect. The candidate will help…


Competition watchdog ‘devastates’ Asda-Sainsbury’s merger

The proposed merger of Asda and Sainsbury’s has been “devastated” by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), after it raised concerns about the effect on UK consumers and suppliers. The…


Arla holds March milk price and splits profits with farmers

Dairy co-op Arla Foods has confirmed the March milk price for its farmer-owners will remain unchanged on the back of stable European commodity markets. Producers will receive 30.24p/litre for manufacturing…


Charolais lead the spring trade at Stirling

Charolais topped breed averages and clearance rates at Stirling bull sales this week (Tuesday 19 February). Altogether, 121 bulls averaged £6,063 and sold to the highest 83.5% clearance of the…


New potato app helps with crop management and yield data

A new potato-specific smartphone app has been developed to help growers improve crop management and marketing decisions right through the supply chain. Developed by the Peterborough-based potato supplier Greenvale AP,…


Stirling bull sales: 18 Salers bulls top at 6,500gns

Salers bulls topped 6,500gns at Stirling on Monday (18 February) with 18 bulls selling to a clearance rate of 72% to average £3,529, back on the year by £349. The top…

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