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ASSESSING PERFORMANCE

Carbon study shows scope for beef and sheep efficiency gains

First-year results of a major carbon footprinting study have shown a huge variation in greenhouse gas emissions from beef and sheep farms across the UK. The average carbon footprint of…

ARABLE

Trial reveals cost of unnecessary soil cultivations

Running low disturbance legs through areas of fields that don’t need it could be costing farmers in reduced crop yields, as well as the extra diesel to carry out the…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Funding later-life care: Challenges and advice

Farming families may have done some estate planning for what happens when a family member dies, but the financial impact of a need for long-term care in old age can…

DIVERSIFICATION

FW Awards: Diversification Farmer of the Year 2024 finalists

This year’s diversification finalists all took ideas and built them into highly successful farming businesses, showcasing innovation, strong entrepreneurial mindsets and a passion to keep the industry moving forward. Finalists…

CEREAL DRILLS

Farmer combines Karat and Solitair for one-pass bean drill

It’s a Lemken drill, but not as you know it. The perfectly colour-matched Kinair, named after Craig and Claire Grant’s Kindrought Farm and the Solitair seeder on which it is…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Why slug pressure is intensifying and what farmers can do

A changing climate and evolving farming systems could lead to more frequent slug population explosions, and growers must be alert and ready to react. It is widely accepted that UK…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Tips for growing multispecies leys from four-year study

New research findings have highlighted the role multispecies leys have in making farms more resilient to climate change. The study sheds light on the importance of establishment timings, nitrogen applications…

LIVESTOCK

How a 2,600-cow housed herd drove down carbon emissions

Integration of dairy and arable enterprises, targeted use of nutrients and a focus on feed sourcing have been the driving forces behind a 40% drop in emissions at Grosvenor Farms,…

ARABLE

Changes arable farmers are planning after tough season

After a difficult season, Farmers Weekly asks its Arable Insights grower panel what changes they are putting in place for next season.  Scotland: David Fuller-Shapcott Despite losing much of his…

COMMUNITY

Tips for farmers wanting to host new MP visits

Hosting an on-farm visit is one of the best ways to build a meaningful, long-term relationship with your local MP. With a Labour government in place for the first time…

LAYERS

Coping with hot spells in free-range layer flocks

Hot weather can be a concerning time for egg producers, with higher temperatures suppressing appetites and inducing heat stress in birds. When it is hot and sunny, many free-range birds…

FARM ENERGY

Insurance implications for renewable energy projects

Farmers planning renewable energy projects may fail to get them insured if they do not consult with their broker or insurer in good time. Ideally, that should be in the…

FOOT HEALTH

Benefits of a mentored team approach to lameness control

Lameness is estimated to cost the dairy industry £250m/year through impaired fertility, reduced production, premature culls, and treatment costs. The average cost a day of lameness for all lame cows…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How managing crop nutrition can avoid insect and disease

Insect and disease attacks do not occur at random. Instead, they show up in specific places in response to specific environmental cues, according to US regen expert John Kempf. Farmers…

FARM ENERGY

Solar lease opportunities: What to consider

Travel around the country and it is usually not long before you come across a solar farm that is either operational, or being built, with many others in the development…

BEEF

Why winter bird food option stacks up for cattle grazing

Exmoor beef farmer Tom Armitage is making the most of payments for providing winter bird food under the Sustainable Farming Incentive. By adding species to an off-the-shelf bird seed mix…

OTHER CROPS

How to maximise SFI herbal leys in arable rotations

About 175,000ha of SAM3 herbal leys are due to be grown in Sustainable Farming Incentive 2023 (SFI23) schemes, according to the figures released by Defra for agreements reached by the…

FARM ENERGY

Tax tips for farm-based solar installations

From small dairy farms to large vegetable producers with power-hungry coldstores, solar PV remains the go-to technology for those looking to reduce exposure to volatile energy markets by generating electricity…

SOILS

Growers advised to test soils immediately post harvest

As combines begin to roll across the UK, growers are advised to carry out soil tests immediately post-harvest to calculate optimum fertiliser requirements ahead of planting this autumn. Soil health…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Farm safety: Is there a level playing field for women?

Farm safety has become a much-discussed topic in recent years, and with good reason. Despite numerous safety campaigns, agriculture statistically remains the nation’s most dangerous industrial occupation. What is perhaps…

SOILS

Trials farm suffers massive financial hit from wet weather

A grower hosting AHDB trials estimates this season’s wet weather could cost him £80,000 in lost income, due to reduced yields, no spring cropping and less contracting work. David Blacker,…

BEEF

Farmers Weekly Awards 2024: Beef Farmer of the Year finalists

It takes courage and vision to make radical changes to farming practices, but three beef producers have done that and built enterprises that are both profitable and environmentally responsible. Finalists…

VARIETY SELECTION

Seed expert's wheat and barley variety tips for autumn

With five new winter wheats and two winter barleys on the Recommended List, should farmers opt for a newcomer, or stick with tried and tested favourites this autumn? Farmers have…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How partial budgeting can help bale-grazing decisions

Livestock farmers considering a switch from winter housing to outwintering and bale grazing should ensure they factor in the costs of changing system when making their decision. This is the…

ESTABLISHMENT

Late-drilled oilseed rape escapes high flea beetle pressure 

Hampshire oilseed rape grower David Northway is drilling his crop later than many in September and seeing yields touch 4t/ha with no crop failures from pest attacks in the past…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Pea and bean markets wait to see quality of harvest 2024

Predicting the pulse acreage and crop size is always a challenge, with no confirmation of what is in the ground until the results of the annual June census are released,…

CLOTHING

On test: Reusable half-mask respirators – which is best?

Time to swap your disposable dust masks for a reusable respirator? Oliver Mark and James Andrews gear up and try out seven widely available options. Any job involving a dust…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Agchem twin packs: Pros and cons

The practice of selling agrochemicals in twin packs is being questioned by both agronomists and farmers this year, after high disease pressure has meant spray programmes need constant adjustment. Twin…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Top tips for managing multispecies leys under SFI

The popularity of multispecies leys has risen as livestock farmers are drawn to their drought-tolerant benefits in a bid to keep something growing over warmer months, where grass typically struggles.…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

Retrofit options for managing and securing diesel tanks

Controlled access, consumption records, fill-level alerts and protection against theft and contamination are all available to help farm businesses manage their fuel supplies this harvest. Farmers Weekly have rounded up…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

What are the three best DIY soil health tests?

Interest is growing around testing the ability of soil to harbour life above and below the sward, and its resilience to cope with weather extremes.   Some tests require laboratory…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Groundswell: How regen guru prevents yield declines

If done correctly, transitioning to regenerative agriculture should come with yield increases not declines, according to US regen guru John Kempf. Speaking to a packed Big Top audience at Groundswell…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How should we organise farmworker's tenancy?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here Chris Turner, partner, Carter Jonas Rural, advises on organising a farmworker’s tenancy.…

BNG

Nature markets offer range of opportunities

The continuous development and expansion of the range of environmental funding makes this area difficult to keep up with and challenging to decide what might work in the short or…

LIVESTOCK

How an upland farm doubled its hill sheep index in three years

An upland farmer is increasing his income from lamb sales by performance recording his closed flock of Welsh Mountain ewes. In five years, the average weight of lamb produced a…