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Farmer Focus: Time to update rules for young tractor drivers

As harvest approaches, our attention turns to trailer maintenance, combine servicing, grain store preparation and any necessary training (alongside haymaking, irrigating and spraying). Over the years we have had a…

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Farmer Focus: Celebrating 50 years of pea co-op

We are celebrating the 50th year of our local vining pea co-operative, Scottish Borders Produce, this year. The business has undergone various structural changes over this period and now operates…

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Farmer Focus: The stakes are high for next growing season

We are on the home stretch to harvest, now that the T3 sprays are going on the wheat. All that’s left is to wait and hope it all goes to…

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Farmer Focus: The lowest blackgrass influx for many years

Crops are racing through their growth stages, mainly forced on by drought. With no meaningful rain in April and May, things were getting desperate. But, thankfully, we received 34mm of…

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Farmer Focus: High prices are a fire door in a burning building

Volatility has been a long-discussed topic when it comes to farm commodity prices, but historically that volatility has been relatively small compared with the extremes we have recently experienced. We…

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Farmer Focus: Looks like a low-disease year for organic crops

With all our undersowing and weeding completed, we have focused on getting our spring-sown environmental stewardship options drilled, which have all gone in well. Over the past weekend we had…

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Farmer Focus: Higher cash outlay and risk for next season

The countryside is currently looking at its best, with winter crops, particularly the oilseed rape looking very even and any weeds or wild oats yet to appear. However, the very…

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Farmer Focus: Young assistant passes tractor test first time

Hats off to Essex Young Farmers for putting on a highly successful show after a two-year absence. It really is extraordinary to think that this is laid on entirely by…

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Farmer Focus: Are we in for an early harvest?

Crops have responded well to a beautiful spell of weather in south Devon over the past few weeks and are looking full of potential. They certainly seem to be a…

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Farmer Focus: Ryegrass invasion working its way down Kent

The big news is it has rained. I can now stop annoying my wife by blithering on about the Sahara. Normally, I would move straight on to moaning about something…

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Farmer Focus: Get involved in your industry beyond the yard gate

It has been a big week for me, as I stepped down from my roles within Federated Farmers (New Zealand's equivalent of the NFU). In 2004, I followed some ex-Young…

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Farmer Focus: Manufacturer ups tractor price by £70,000

We just priced the replacement for our large tractor, as it comes out of lease next March and with lead times you need to be on the ball. One manufacturer…

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