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Farmer Focus: Air pollution diktat will reduce us to gardeners

Watching the replica HMS Endeavour sail back into its spiritual home, the harbour of Whitby, in early June made me think how far we have come in the 250 years…

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Farmer Focus: For conservation done properly, ask a farmer

Following recent rainfall our crops have all switched to “fast forward” and, helped by the warm temperatures, have raced through growth stages. We are now back on track for a…

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Farmer Focus: Winter cereals are playing hopscotch

Congratulations to my daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Guy on the birth of Oliver, a baby brother for Jessica. He made a somewhat late arrival, but weighed in at 8lbs 13oz…

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Farmer Focus: Volunteer barley springs up in wheat

May is a fantastic time of year if you are fortunate enough to live and work in the countryside and I am seeing more wildlife than ever on a daily…

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Farmer Focus: Crops play catch-up after a late spring

We completed our spring barley drilling on 8 May and the development of all crops since then has been extremely rapid, with a late season now back to normal timings.…

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Farmer Focus: Come and see what’s new at Cereals 2018

The farming year races on and most crops have almost caught up, although sugar beet has a lot of growing to do with drilling this year stretching into early May.…

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Farmer Focus: Will abandoning plough before potatoes work?

I’m writing this looking across Lake Garda while on a week’s break. When this trip was booked I fully expected that the bulk of the spring workload would have been…

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Farmer Focus: Search for harvest student has come up trumps

Wow, what tremendous growth we have seen in our crops recently. The sprayer doesn’t know what has hit it, with T2 fungicides following T1 very rapidly – just a two-week…

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Farmer Focus: Mycoplasma bovis remains untraced and uncontained

For us here in Valetta and for most other arable properties in Canterbury, winter grazing of livestock is a vitally important component of our farm system. In our case, we…

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Farmer Focus: Prepping for harvest with a new combine

Hedgerows have burst into colour, fields are green and the sun is shining. Everything is a lot more positive and it’s a lot easier to find enthusiasm to do things…

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Farmer Focus: The irony of establishing wild bird food mixes

The latest stomach-churning dip on the unpredictable weather ride saw our village make the national news as the wettest place in the country. We recorded 69mm over one night and…

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Farmer Focus: My comprehensive response to Defra

The swallows have finally arrived, much to the considerable consternation of my horse, as they insist on using his stable as a B&B. They are late this year and in…

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