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Farmer Focus: Farming and Farmer Focus column set for change

After nine years as a Focus writer it’s my turn to pass the baton to somebody new. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to put down in print some of…

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Farmer Focus: Transition to organic farming and contracting

It’s a few years since Farmers Weekly had an organic arable farmer contributing to its Farmer Focus line-up. From memory Andrew Charlton was the last and I am immensely flattered…

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Farmer Focus: OSR harbouring high numbers of beetle larvae

I have really enjoyed the festive break and benign weather helped keep livestock husbandry tasks simple. More by accident than design we ended up with a supersized Christmas tree at…

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Farmer Focus: Case IH factory visit is eye opening

Happy New Year everyone, I hope you all got what you wanted for Christmas, I asked for nothing and wasn’t disappointed. By the time you read this, I'll have been…

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Farmer Focus: This year I want to minimise risk

As we start this new year it is the perfect opportunity to reflect on what has been a very eventful 12 months. The weather played a part in this, with…

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Farmer Focus: 5 wishes for a satisfying farming year

A new year has dawned and with it the customary expectation. Will it be better than the last? With my usual optimism I thought I would have a go at…

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Farmer Focus: Hoping a new year brings better lorry drivers

A new year with new hopes and wishes. Top of the list for me is the hope that we do not have farming accidents in 2019 on the scale that…

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Farmer Focus: A refreshing Monitor Farm conference

So far our accumulative rainfall this year at Lower Hope is 84mm higher than last year, which is quite extraordinary considering the year we have had. The accumulation came from…

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Farmer Focus: End of year figures make good reading

Monsoon season has arrived. Heavy showers and prolonged periods of rain have been the norm for the past month, which is frustrating as I still have some spraying to finish…

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Farmer Focus: Light sugar beet crop will not meet budget

It’s that time of year again when we can sit back and reflect on just what the year has delivered for us. Have all our efforts been rewarded? Have we…

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Farmer Focus: Cover crops show their value in high winds

It is hot and dry in Africa. I am beginning to sound like a stuck record but we are experiencing another very challenging planting season. We received a bit of…

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Farmer Focus: Basis course hard but helps with farm decisions

I recently started Basis training which runs over 17 days in a four-month period. This will give me a better understanding of our agrochemical inputs decisions and help me to…

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