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Farmer Focus: Winter barley yields fall, but wheat is average

The winter barley report card is in. Much as expected, there's not a lot of grain or straw, and yields are 30% down on our five-year average. The cost of…

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Farmer Focus: Over the moon with autosteer on the combine

Harvest is here again, and I think for many of us we will be glad to get it out of the way and start again. As farmers/growers I think we…

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Farmer Focus: Wearing 'tangoed' t-shirts for a safe harvest

Harvest started a few days earlier than normal, with Craft winter barley cut on the 6/7 July. I am pleased with performance and the full malting spec was a promising…

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Farmer Focus: Do visitors realise the history they walk on?

Although harvest started a while ago, having taken two cuts of grass so far, winter barley should just be getting cut as you read this. The timing for this year’s…

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Farmer Focus: Get ready to play OSR bingo again this summer

Our harvest campaign has kicked off with six-row Kingsbarn feed winter barley. So far yields and quality seem respectable and above expectations although we have had some difficulty fully de-awning…

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Farmer Focus: Adding trees to the organic cropping system

So, we had our June splash, over 80mm in fact which means that our under-sown leys are looking good in the bottom of our spring barley and oats. However, it…

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Farmer Focus: Colouring useful for stewardship applications

Like some of you, I am sure I’ve been colouring in maps this last week as we apply for countryside stewardship. I can still hear those words of encouragement from…

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Farmer Focus: Spring barley at risk of ramularia

I guess it was inevitable that once silage was planned, it would rain nearly every day.  Although this interrupted our silage making for five days, it has been a good…

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Farmer Focus: Extra spring crops limits storage space

As harvest approaches, we have the tricky problem of working out where we are going to store our crops. Sadly, it’s not a problem because of anticipated large yields, but…

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Farmer Focus: Daffodil bulb harvest looks promising

Our attention is currently dominated by daffodil bulb harvesting. Our lift this year is much better than last season, which was impacted by two poor growing seasons. This time, things…

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Farmer Focus: Need for a more resilient farming system

With harvest (finally?) here, hopefully we can draw some sort of line under the past 12 months and start the cycle again with the usual optimism that next year will…

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Farmer Focus: Earth-moving contractor solves tree problem

In last month’s column, I remarked on how dry we were. Well, we are now the opposite of dry and that change came a few days early. We have a…

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