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More detail on Environmental Land Management scheme announced

Defra has released details of its forthcoming Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme, which will form the cornerstone of post-Brexit farm support in England. The ELM scheme will reward farmers who…


How on-farm test is helping reduce dairy antibiotics use

In a bid to reduce antibiotics use, a farm research project is trialling on-farm mastitis tests to identify cows that need treatment and those likely to self-cure. Mastitis is one…


Inventions Comp 2020: Bale net winch snatches second place

Thomas Mathias' bale net lifter is runner-up in the intermediate category of the Farmers Weekly Inventions Competition. A back-saving round bale net lifter was the centrepiece of Thomas Mathias’ course…


Poll: The cost of wet winter on farms

The winter of 2019-20 is heading to be one of the wettest on record since national records began, according to the Met Office. Since last autumn, persistent spells of powerful…


Why new maize seed treatments require extra safety measures

Maize growers switching to alternative bird-repelling seed treatments this spring following the Mesurol ban are being advised to observe extra health precautions when handling seed. Respiratory health warnings accompany the…


Trial shows cultural control cuts flea beetle risk

Companion cropping in conjunction with biological and insecticide seed treatments could provide oilseed rape growers with a workable solution for flea beetle control, a recent trial shows. The investigation, run…


National land matching service stalls amid funding woes

The Fresh Start Land Enterprise Centre is seeking financial backing to relaunch its service matching landowners and new entrants in England. A two-year pilot was launched in 2016, supported by…


Foliar feed can help cut nitrogen use and emissions

A foliar fertiliser product can help cut overall nitrogen use on winter wheat and so help reduce ammonia emissions in line with the NFU’s vision for net zero farming by…


Jeremy Clarkson opens farm shop ahead of new TV series

TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has opened the doors to his new farm shop, selling “guaranteed non-organic” food grown on his farm. Mr Clarkson welcomed the public to his 404ha farm…


NFU20: British farm standards must not be undermined

Farm leader Minette Batters has repeated her assertion that British food standards must not be undermined by a flood of imports post-Brexit. Speaking at the NFU's 2020 conference in Birmingham,…


Defra confirms reductions in support for farmers

Basic Payments will be reduced by 5-25% next year for farmers in England, the government has confirmed. Farmers who receive up to £30,000 will see their payment reduced by 5%,…


Crop Watch: Lowest soil nitrogen levels for years

Forward crops of oilseed rape are now at the stem extension stage and growers are being advised to apply fertiliser to help build the canopies needed to reach yield potential. …

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