Farmers Apprentice 2018 hits your screens today, with a bumper double helping to kick off the six-part series.
The show, available on the Farmers Weekly website and our YouTube channel, sees young farming hopefuls thrown in at the deep end to tackle a series of tough farming challenges.
The apprentices work in teams to complete the tasks, which are designed to stretch them both physically and mentally, and highlight some of the skills needed by successful 21st century farmers.
Episodes 1 and 2 of Farmers Apprentice 2018 both went live today. We’ll be unveiling a new episode each Friday until the series finale on Friday 19 October.
Farmers Weekly editor Karl Schneider and Robert Neil, the reigning Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year, are the two main judges for Farmers Apprentice 2018, following the apprentices throughout the series.
They are joined on each challenge by additional specialist judges who bring topic-specific expertise.
“Some of the challenges really pushed the apprentices to their limits. We put them under a lot of pressure, which puts a real strain on the relationships within each team,” said Mr Schneider.
Watch episodes 1 and 2 below and be sure to subscribe to the Farmers Weekly YouTube channel to watch a new episode each Friday.
Farmers Apprentice 2018 Episode 1 – Welcome to Bootcamp
Farmers Apprentice 2018 Episode 2 – Moving in the right direction?
At the end of the series just one of the apprentices will be crowned the winner of Farmers Apprentice 2018, walking away with a cash prize of £10,000 to invest in their farming dreams.
You can watch Farmers Apprentice on your computer, smartphone or smart TV.
This is the fourth series of Farmers Apprentice, which has run every two years since its launch in 2012.
The 2018 event took place at Harper Adams University, making the most of the first-class facilities available there, including the on-site farm.
The huge undertaking would not have been possible without the help of four other partners: the Co-Op, Isuzu, Kubota and the Woodland Trust, which helped plan and judge the challenges and provided valuable resources.
Farmers Apprentice 2018 sponsors
Our sponsors have come together to help showcase the exciting opportunities that exist in the agricultural industry. Find out more about on the Farmers Apprentice website.