The Farmers Weekly Podcast

Listen to The Farmers Weekly Podcast for our take on the top news affecting UK agriculture. Chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom delve behind the headlines – with comment, analysis and discussion from farmers and industry leaders.

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Based at Thriplow near Cambridge, KWS UK has been providing growers with innovative new varieties to meet varied end-market needs for over 25 years. We develop a wide range of oilseed rape, maize, sugar beet and cereal varieties in conjunction with the KWS group. We use a range of technologies to ensure improved crop performance consistency to benefit all; merchant, farmer, processor and ultimately the end-user customer. Higher yields, superior disease and pest resistance and improved performance in adverse conditions are all key criteria we seek to establish in our product portfolio.

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Masey FergusonAt Massey Ferguson we understand the need for straightforward and dependable machinery.

Our years of experience has taught us that in farming, no two days are the same. Our customers are paramount and so now more than ever, we’re here for you. We’re in this together.

Built on our strong heritage as a founder and pioneering company in the mineral fertiliser industry, Yara is a Norwegian based company which converts energy, natural minerals and nitrogen into the full range of crop nutrition products and a wide range of industrial applications.

Today, Yara retains its global position as a leading provider of nitrogen based mineral fertilisers and industrial products. The company is the global leader in ammonia, nitrates and speciality fertilisers.


Hugh Broom

Hugh Broom farms beef cattle, some sheep and asparagus in Surrey. Previously as a young man, he spent 10 years pursuing an off-the-farm career as a radio journalist working for Capital Radio, LBC and BBC 5Live. Thanks to the magic of digital, he can now podcast from his farmyard.

Johann Tasker

Johann Tasker is chief reporter at Farmers Weekly. A long-standing and integral member of the Farmers Weekly team, he has been reporting and analysing the impact of government policy on agriculture – and how it affects farm businesses – for more than 20 years.

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FW Podcast Ep 73: GPS theft, ploughing and UK Dairy Day

In this episode, thieves have stolen dozens of satellite guidance systems from farms across East Anglia in a single night – we ask what are the police doing? Does ploughing…


FW Podcast Ep 72: Red Tractor funding and labour shortage

In this episode, cereal growers have voted to withhold funding from the Red Tractor farm assurance scheme. We examine why. A shortage of UK farm workers and lorry drivers has…


FW Podcast Ep 71: Labour shortage disrupts food supply chain

In this episode, thousands of pigs could be culled on UK farms due to a shortage of labour in abattoirs and meat processing plants. The labour shortage is also affecting…


FW Podcast Ep 70: Cash boost to combat flea beetle in OSR

In this episode, researchers get a cash boost to combat flea beetle in oilseed rape. We speak to the scientist who is seeking the holy grail of a single carbon…


FW Podcast Ep 69: Autumn muck-spreading fiasco continues

In this episode, the fallout continues over 'unworkable' rules restricting autumn applications of organic fertiliser. We take a look at  yields and quality as the wheat harvest gets under way…


FW Podcast Ep 68: Mayhem over manure and harvest washout

In this episode, new rules on autumn manure applications are set to have a big impact on farms, say industry leaders. Harvest? What Harvest? Rain slows ripening and hampers progress…


FW Podcast Ep 67: Combines roll, Red Tractor and farm safety

In this week's episode, with harvest 2021 is under way, we look at what's happening to crops coming off the field. Farm Safety Week starts with a plea to come…


FW Podcast Ep 66: Prince Charles and Great Yorkshire Show

In this episode, Prince Charles highlights his concern for family farms – and says the future of the countryside depends on their survival. Have you had your fill? We examine…


FW Podcast Ep 65: Ineos 4x4, TB jabs, red squirrels

In this episode, we preview the new 4x4 Ineos Grenadier and ask: can it really replace the much-missed Land Rover Defender? As the government moves away from badger culling, will…


FW Podcast Ep 64: Soil payments and sugar beet price clash

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast was recorded on location at the 2021 Cereals event in Lincolnshire. In this episode, Defra secretary George Eustice pledges a 30% uplift in…