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Farmer Focus: Low weed burden allows savings on weeding

We finished sowing our remaining 250ha of spring barley by the end of March and like our earlier February drilling, seed-beds have been excellent and the last fields sown are…

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Farmer Focus: Direct drilling isn’t a cure-all

As farmers we are sometimes over-defensive of our own particular production systems and blinkered as to the flaws. On my own farm I enthusiastically believe a mixed farming system brings…

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Farmer Focus: Auto-steer breakdown brings drilling to a halt

Following a mild and dry spell we made a start to spring barley drilling on 25 March, three weeks earlier than last year. Despite the clocks going forward at the…

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Farmer Focus: Essex Young Farmers weekend a huge success

We have just hosted the Essex Young Farmers Big Exchange weekend, and what a huge success it was. We had more than 300 Young Farmers from several counties partying and…

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Farmer Focus: Drill demo sparks competition between dealers

What a difference a year makes. After what we endured 12 months ago with a cold and late spring, this one seems almost perfect. Some dry spells for land work,…

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Farmer Focus: Weather takes its toll on cereal yields

The harvest is in here at Valetta and if we were a vineyard we would be popping a cork on a bottle of the finest drop to celebrate the vintage,…

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Farmer Focus: Yellow rust scuppers plan to skip T0s

I’m reluctant to talk about the weather here as it always drastically changes between the point of writing and the day you read it. However, maybe that wouldn’t be such…

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Farmer Focus: Swapping nitrogen for beneficial bacteria

Not only did we finish spring drilling about a month earlier than last year but its rained since, so that’s another improvement. We planted direct into mostly grazed-off cover crops…

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Farmer Focus: New green scheme needs proper funding

Just in time for the 2019 Basic Payment Scheme application, I am pleased to say that all of our land is back at Euston – well, since it never really…

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Farmer Focus: No to a ban on shooting pigeons

I am not afraid to admit we have just returned from a most enjoyable week in the French Alps with perfect conditions and excellent skiing. Whatever one enjoys, it is…

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Farmer Focus: Forward crops require discipline and patience

What a difference a year makes. This time last year my children were having snowball fights in the yard and sledging. Twelve months later and nearly all spring crops were…

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Farmer Focus: Cross-drilled OSR shows lots of potential

Spring’s false start has really hit us up here in Ryedale – the oilseed rape that had really started to "run" has come to an abrupt halt. The Adas Farmer…

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