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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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Farmer Focus: Have flea beetle lessons been learned?

Oilseed rape never ceases to amaze me. The flea beetle attacks early in the autumn are now firmly confined to memory; the crop has enjoyed the recent mild and relatively…

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Farmer Focus: Pointless features do not make a good tractor

With the increasing Brexit turmoil, it is unclear if we will have the same prime minister by the time this article is printed. I hope we do, as a change…

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Farmer Focus: Negativity towards farming is desperately sad

We finally got drilled up, and with the conditions as they are, we would have had time to do it all over again. Some of our heaviest fields that were…

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Looking back over 12 years as Farmer Focus writer

This is my last contribution to Farmer Focus. In early 2007 I was approached by Andrew Blake, who was the arable reporter at that time, asking me if I would…

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Farmer Focus: Younger generation show greater patience

In the words of the lager advert, if Carlsberg did autumn drilling conditions…Wheats have gone in remarkably well here, with the dry conditions really suiting our Mzuri drill. The soft…

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Farmer Focus: Potato yield variation not as predicted

We are pretty much caught up on crop work barring a few tail-end jobs. It has been a marvellous autumn in many respects, allowing steady progress with only the odd…

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Farmer Focus: Finally chance to crack on with fencing

The last of the winter lambs are up to weight, averaging 22kg on the hooks. It is good to see them away – 10,000 have come in here as stores…

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Farmer Focus: Hare courses are back in action ruining fields

Patience has paid off this autumn and after a reasonable amount of rain in mid-October, conditions for wheat drilling have been fantastic. More rain after drilling to keep seed-beds moist…

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Farmer Focus: Did baling straw bring about our slug woes?

These days my precision agronomy skills run to finishing drilling and pre-emergence sprays before the October half term and a much-needed holiday. We duly managed it, but were desperate for…

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