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Farmer Focus: Barley returns worse than the 1980s

Farming is a much easier and pleasant occupation when the weather is being co-operative. For the second year in a row, I have saved some good hay. It is unusual…

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Farmer Focus: Crops protected with wider firebreak

It is winter in South Africa and where I farm, winter is characterised by absolutely no rain, very cold frosty nights and warm sunny days.  Winters here would be quite…

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Farmer Focus: First Open Farm Sunday attracts 719 visitors

Crops responded well to the recent moisture, which arrived just in time. Craft winter barley could well be cut by the time you read this and the oilseed rape will…

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Farmer Focus: Sticking with OSR for now

Defra minister Michael Gove won a few more friends up in North Yorkshire when he made a recent whistle-stop visit to the Fera facilities near York. The secretary of state…

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Farmer Focus: Mind-blowing visit to organic Norfolk estate

They say every day is a school day. Well, they don’t come more educational than a day I had last week. A friend and I were fortunate enough to visit…

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Farmer Focus: Chocolate spot ravages neighbour's beans

Even though we have not had the frightening amount of rain that was experienced the day before the Cereals event in Lincolnshire, we have now had 80mm in June. This…

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Farmer Focus: Runner-up at the Silver Lapwing Awards

All inputs have been applied and the stage is set for another harvest. A return to wetter weather came not a moment too soon and has allayed fears of a…

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Farmer Focus: Constant showers increase fungicide spend

Although it seems like ages since I last wrote, it also feels as though the season has not changed. With weeks of cool, overcast and unsettled weather, it feels more…

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Farmer Focus: Will a hand-held N-tester prove useful?

My annual long weekend cycling with old Writtle College friends took place in beautiful Suffolk this year. We saw cracking crops and fine-looking cattle and enjoyed great food and drink,…

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Farmer Focus: A month of country shows and farm walks

What a difference a month makes. At the end of May, I was getting quite concerned by the lack of rain and the effect on crops. Now, a month later,…

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Farmer Focus: BYDV-tolerant barley looks appealing

We have certainly had a month of rollercoaster weather. We have been lucky and not experienced the volume that others have, but it has been enough to make some crops…

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Farmer Focus: Is biological pest management a public good?

I would like to thank the group of men and women who recently came to rid my wheat of blackgrass. I tried to thank them on the day, but my…

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