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ARABLE

Farmers Weekly Awards 2022: Arable Adviser of the Year

All three finalists in this year’s Farmers Weekly Arable Adviser of the Year Award are open to sharing their learnings. Each has developed a worthy reputation of being a trusted…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How low-K silage has improved cow health at transition

Feeding low-potassium silage to autumn-calving cows during the transition period has helped a Carmarthenshire dairy farmer cut the incidence of milk fever to 5% from a peak of 20%. Iwan…

WHEAT

Hampshire wheat shows high yield despite low protein

Hampshire grower Nigel Pond’s winter wheat has produced an impressive 12t/ha-plus yield, although the milling wheat he grows came well short of breadmaking standards and will likely go as feed…

RAKES AND MERGERS

Grass merger options grow as farmers seek rake alternative

With the promise of cleaner grass gathering and higher work rates, belt mergers are gaining favour for high-quality silage making. We delve into the details of the different machines available.…

SHEEP

Sheep breeder puts £85K into 7-step hill farm upgrade

A sheep-breeding company’s £85,000 investment in a 10-year tenancy on an upland farm gives the hill sector a potential blueprint for gearing up production. Southfield Farm, near Hawick, in the…

HARVEST

Harvest 2022: Season starts to wrap up for some growers

It has been an exceptional year in terms of early harvests, even as far north as the Scottish Borders. As some growers begin to finish cutting, quality looks reasonable despite…

JOB PROFILES

Farming careers: Working as a poultry manager

Ed Wilson, 49, is the manager of a 180,000-bird poultry unit in Lincolnshire that supplies a large processor. He grew up in Malawi and is not from a farming background,…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Why genetics can play bigger role in breeding out lameness

Good husbandry, environment and nutrition all play a part in the fight against dairy cow lameness. But new research has found genetics has a bigger role than was previously thought.…

CULTIVATORS

Low-disturbance toolbar expands tillage options

Managing a 1,600ha mainly arable operation with variable soil types and a significant blackgrass burden requires a flexible approach to crop establishment. That’s why Joe White, farm manager at Cannon…

DAIRY

How and why to move milk away from the cow efficiently

There are two elements to achieving good milk flow: promoting good milk let-down from the cow and moving milk from the cow efficiently. Milk let-down can only be capitalised on…

POTATOES

Offsetting produces UK's first carbon-neutral potatoes

Morgan Scale is growing carbon-neutral potatoes in west Wales by using his cover crops and crop rotation to offset greenhouse gas emissions from his spuds and so produce for the…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Why the right perennial grass balance is key in AB15 mixes

The first half of August is the key time for drilling AB15 stewardship mixes and failing to balance them sufficiently with perennial grasses may seriously compromise their effectiveness in managing…

BUSINESS

How demand for ‘regen beef’ is expanding in niche markets

Significant premiums are being paid by some butchers, restaurant chains and retailers for regeneratively farmed beef. The sector remains in its infancy, and what exactly is involved in regenerative practices…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Tips to keep farms profitable in face of rising inputs

Six experts give their top tips to ensure farm businesses remain profitable in the face of rising input costs and volatile commodity markets See also: How to stress-test your farm business…

CULTIVATORS

Why Lincs contractor Rockscape relies on subsoiling toolbar

Going cold turkey with tillage to slash establishment costs and improve long-term soil health comes with an inherent risk to crop yields, so Scunthorpe-based contractor Rockscape opted for a more…

BARLEY

Scottish spring barley undersowing success for Devon expats

Moving farms to begin a new farming journey can be challenging, especially when it's from one corner of the UK to the other. But that's exactly what mixed farmer Tom…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Planning enforcement notice – what now?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Fred Quartermain – Senior associate in Thrings planning department, advises on how…

CULTIVATORS

Chain-linked disc harrows offer speedy stubble management

Chain-linked disc cultivators have yet to take off in the UK, but their simplicity, moderate power requirement and ability to incorporate stubbles at high speeds could change that. The versatility…

LIVESTOCK

Feeding hay as standing crop reduces milk fever on Devon farm

A Devon dairy farm that feeds hay as a standing crop to autumn-calving cows during the dry period has a milk fever incidence of just 1%. The Cheriton family introduced…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

How a food giant and farms are collaborating in supply chain

Inflationary pressure, changes to agricultural policy and the impacts of climate change make it increasingly important for farm businesses to focus on resilience. Resilience relates to the ability of a…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How timothy grass can improve forage yields on high land

Rising to 430m at its highest point, the land farmed by John and Sarah Yeomans and their family can be a challenging environment for growing grass on the shoulders of…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Why brome is a rising problem when tackling blackgrass

Establishing cover crops on heavy boulder clay and managing brome are two challenges being tackled in a long-term blackgrass trial. Brome forces changes to blackgrass control strategy A brome problem…

HARVEST

Harvest 2022: The 5 top-yielding winter OSR varieties map

Throughout the harvest season, we are updating our handy map with the latest data from the AHDB's 2022 oilseed rape Recommended List harvest results. Use the map below to find…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

How to stress-test your farm business against high inflation

Soaring input costs are putting a severe strain on farm cashflows – but growers and livestock producers can take steps to lessen the impact of rising ag inflation. With little…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: New use for building raises VAT questions

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Andrew Robinson, partner and head of agriculture, Armstrong Watson advises on…

ROTATIONS

How first wheats can make a comeback in heavy land rotations

Bringing early-drilled first wheats back into a heavy land rotation without compromising the progress made with blackgrass control has been the focus of work carried out at Agrovista’s Project Lamport…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Survey: Farms hampered by uncertainty over future income

More farmers are striving to secure a sustainable future for their businesses – but say they often lack the information needed to do so. Rising input costs, volatile markets and…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

6 livestock apps to improve business performance

A growing number of smartphone apps are helping livestock farmers improve their business performance – making mundane jobs easier and saving both time and money. Producers are able to keep…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Water company offers funding for regen farming practices

Thousands of farmers could benefit from a new funding scheme from water company Severn Trent designed to help growers and livestock producers protect the environment. The Regenerative Pathway package builds…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Cover crop destruction machinery options compared

Heading out with a set of Cambridge rolls after a heavy frost can be an effective way of bringing cover crop growth to an end, as the time to establish…

FEED AND NUTRITION

5 expert tips on dairy transition management

Good transition management is critical to the productivity and profitability of a dairy cow. It is also essential for getting the next generation of the milking herd off to the…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Is solar promotion agreement a good idea?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Miles Thomas of Carter Jonas Rural sets out how an alternative approach to a solar…

ASSESSING PERFORMANCE

6 ways to improve dairy margins to beat high inputs

The current pace of change in the dairy sector is extremely fast, with milk price increases struggling to keep up with rising fertiliser, feed and energy costs. As such, it…

WHEAT

How to choose the best winter wheat variety for sustainability

Five winter wheat varieties – Skyfall, Palladium, Astronomer, Tapestry and Typhoon – have been declared top for sustainability across the five established wheat groups. The agronomy group Agrii has rated…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Dying to Feed You: Grace suffered multiple broken bones

Grace Addyman suffered multiple broken bones when she was hit by falling bales at her family farm. She tells us what happened on that day, the difficult surgery that followed…