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CROP MANAGEMENT

Young agronomist tackles BYDV and fungicide costs

Using companion crops to tackle the phosphate problem in chalky soils and growing barley yellow dwarf virus-tolerant barley varieties in disease hotspots are some of novel solutions being trialled by…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Advice on capital taxes when diversifying

There is great scope for diversification on many farms. Nicholas Smith of accountant Duncan & Toplis outlines the importance of taking a long-term look at the tax implications of plans…

TAKING STOCK

Festive demand lifts steers and lambs 10p/kg

Cattle and prime lamb prices continued to firm last week, with the SQQ up to 183p/kg and prime steers at 208p/kg, both about 10p/kg dearer than at the end of…

DIVERSIFICATION

Business Clinic: Legal issues for diversified businesses

Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts give regular advice on a wide range of issues. Here we take a more in-depth look at diversification and some of the many legal, management…

BPS

Poll: Farmers in England, have you been paid your BPS?

Defra says it has paid more than two-thirds of farmers their 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has an internal target of paying at least…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Nearly a third of wheat crops miss out on sulphur

All cereal crops should have a sulphur application every year to avoid the risk of a deficiency of this macronutrient, although 30% of wheat misses out. Tim Kerr, fertiliser manager…

TECHNOLOGY

New imagery tool alerts farmers to crop changes

Farmers Edge has released a tool that automatically scans satellite imagery and notifies growers of changes in their fields. The new Health Change Maps and Notifications function has an integrated…

LIVESTOCK

Wales to introduce single traceability system for all species

Wales is to have its own umbrella traceability system for cattle, sheep and pigs from 2020 to put the country in a strong position for negotiating trade with Europe post-Brexit.…

BOVINE TB

Fewer TB-restricted herds after north Cornwall badger cull

The number of herds under TB movement restrictions in north Cornwall has fallen dramatically since the start of badger culling in the region, Farmers Weekly has learned. A spokesman for…

NEWS

Rural community ‘devastated’ after farmer killed by bull

A rural community has been left devastated after a farmer was struck by a bull and killed on a farm in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Farming profits forecast down in 2018 as spending rises

UK farmers are forecast to see lower profits in 2018 after spending nearly £1bn more on agricultural goods and services. According to Defra’s first forecast of Total Income from Farming…

TOOLS

Echo builds powerful lightweight chainsaw

Hand-tool maker Echo has introduced a new lightweight, rear handle chainsaw, aimed at both the professional and domestic markets. The catchily named CS-4510ES has a 45cc two-stroke engine and is…

COMPLIANCE

Defra to consult on softer approach to farm inspections

Farmers are to have their say on proposals for a new industry regulator that would also offer practical advice, guidance and incentives for good practice. The government is expected to…

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