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BREXIT

Scottish farmers delay investment over Brexit uncertainty

An ongoing lack of clarity over Brexit is eroding confidence among Scotland's farmers and crofters, confirms a survey which paints a stark picture of the prospects for Scottish agriculture. Only…

BUSINESS

UFU demands mandatory milk contracts

Farm leaders in Northern Ireland have called for an urgent debate on mandatory milk contracts after some processors cut May base prices. Ulster Farmers Union deputy president Victor Chestnutt said…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Charity reports more working farmers seeking help

A farming charity has released new figures showing a rise in working farmers seeking help. The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) said it received 437 new enquiries from January to…

SOILS

Adas warns farmers over soil test rules

Adas has warned farmers not to overlook a legal requirement to carry out soil testing. The stipulation is included in Defra’s Farming Rules for Water, which were introduced in 2018.…

TECHNOLOGY

UK scientists develop drought-tolerant wheat plants

Scientists have developed wheat plants engineered to better survive drought conditions associated with climate breakdown. Researchers at the University of Sheffield found that engineering bread wheat to have fewer microscopic…

BEEF

Why one farmer switched to Parthenaise beef breed

The Parthenaise breed is one of the oldest in France and has been refined over the past 50 years to produce high-quality beef. Its meat is some of the most…

FARM ENERGY

Where now for renewable energy on farms?

As financial support for renewable energy disappears, are lower technology costs and increasing climate change publicity creating new opportunities for farmers? Solar The ending of support schemes such as the…

COMPLIANCE

Abstraction licence breaches could lead to BPS penalties

Farmers are being reminded to regularly review the conditions of any abstraction licences to avoid the risk of cross-compliance penalties. The NFU is warning that failure to comply with a…

FARMER FOCUS

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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OPINION

Opinion: Defra must not make the same IT mistakes again

Apparently, the world is increasingly run by millennials – and one of the fundamental characteristics of a millennial is that they can barely remember a world without the internet or…

NEWS

Opinion: Technology holds the key for brighter tomorrow

The extension of the Brexit negotiations to October means there is at least some respite from the ongoing debate about the future relationship the country might have with the EU.…

OPINION

Opinion: Agri-tech must benefit all – not just the few

Modern technology promises to herald a golden age for farmers – enabling growers and livestock producers to work smarter, not just harder, as productivity is ramped up to feed a…

NEWS

Opinion: No excuse for racism in agriculture, or anywhere else

How many times have you heard someone start a sentence with “I’m not being racist, but”, before they invariably go on to say something horrifically racist? Quite often, I suspect.…

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Arable

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TECHNOLOGY

UK scientists develop drought-tolerant wheat plants

Scientists have developed wheat plants engineered to better survive drought conditions associated with climate breakdown. Researchers at the University of Sheffield found that engineering bread wheat to have fewer microscopic…

FARMER FOCUS

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…

BARLEY

Spring barley Diablo gets approval for distilling

Spring barley variety Diablo is now fully approved for malt distilling use, making it the highest-yielding barley on the AHDB Recommended List with this use approval. The green light comes…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: What UK growers can learn from global pioneers

The Farmers Weekly theatre at this year’s Cereals event in Lincolnshire showcased three farmers and an agronomist from around the world who are pushing the boundaries of crop production. Advice…

CROP WATCH

Spud Watch: Cool temperatures keep blight risk low

At the time of writing, the weather has turned from dry, but cool, to very wet and cool. Thus far, on the eastern side of North Yorkshire, we have escaped…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Soggy weather triggers fusarium alert

The rain in recent days has been welcomed by arable farmers, as it will keep parched crops going through the critical grain-fill period. All crops need now is some sunshine.…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Action-packed study tour in Oregon

I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to attend the International Herbage Seed Group conference in Corvallis, Oregon. I had heard so much about seed production in Oregon over…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Sales of key potato insecticide suspended

Sales of a key aphicide for use on potato crops have ceased, following reports of residues exceeding maximum limits in Dutch seed crops. Manufacturer Belchim has taken the precautionary measure…

Livestock

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SOILS

Adas warns farmers over soil test rules

Adas has warned farmers not to overlook a legal requirement to carry out soil testing. The stipulation is included in Defra’s Farming Rules for Water, which were introduced in 2018.…

BEEF

Why one farmer switched to Parthenaise beef breed

The Parthenaise breed is one of the oldest in France and has been refined over the past 50 years to produce high-quality beef. Its meat is some of the most…

LIVESTOCK

Flooded maize growers face wait to assess crop damage

Farmers with crops of maize under water following heavy rainfall have been advised not to panic. Growers in the Midlands and on the Welsh borders have been hit hard after…

DAIRY

Guide to using Johne’s tests to cull in dairy herds

Culling Johne’s-positive cows is a key area of Johne’s disease control and often an intervention that farmers struggle to get right. There is no universal template for making culling decisions…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Worsening TB problem continues to frustrate

The month began with the sheer relief of a passed bovine tuberculosis (TB) test. Every year I forget how stressful tests are. This year had an added edge, given that…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How leg sensors helped get on top of lameness in dairy herd

Rear leg sensors fitted on all cows in a Scottish dairy herd has been key to getting on top of lameness and identifying lying time differences between groups of cows.…

LIVESTOCK

Poll: Will lab-grown meat dominate the market by 2040?

Most of the meat eaten by people in 20 years' time will not come from slaughtered livestock, a new study claims. The report, by US consulting firm AT Kearney, and…

DAIRY

Switch from beef to dairying eased by robotic milker

Robotic milking has helped two suckler beef producers make the step into dairy farming by easing the workload and breaking down the routine. Brothers James and Alec Cowan were running…

Machinery

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4X4S

Mitsubishi reveals new top-spec Challenger L200 pickup

Those of you missing the Challenger name in Europe might be pleased to hear that it has returned, albeit on a pickup rather than a twin-track crawler. Mitsubishi has launched…

TECHNOLOGY

New Holland launches new farm implements and precision kit

New Holland has officially launched a range of implements that takes it another step closer to its aim of offering a one-stop farm machinery shop. After trying and failing to…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Eyre Trailers shows round-bale carrier

Eyre Trailers specialises in custom builds and its latest creation is an innovative low-cost round-bale carrier that requires just one ratchet strap to hold the load in place. The Lincolnshire…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: New Stocks terminal controls two hoppers

Running two Fan Jet spreaders to throw small pellets over wide working widths had previously meant having two terminals cluttering up the cab, but Stocks now has a new screen…

Community

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FARMER FOCUS

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…

FARMLIFE

BBC's This Farming Life searching for new stars

Farmers looking for their five minutes of fame have had their prayers answered as the BBC seeks willing participants for series four of it's hit TV series This Farming Life. The…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Worsening TB problem continues to frustrate

The month began with the sheer relief of a passed bovine tuberculosis (TB) test. Every year I forget how stressful tests are. This year had an added edge, given that…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Action-packed study tour in Oregon

I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to attend the International Herbage Seed Group conference in Corvallis, Oregon. I had heard so much about seed production in Oregon over…

Business

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BUSINESS

UFU demands mandatory milk contracts

Farm leaders in Northern Ireland have called for an urgent debate on mandatory milk contracts after some processors cut May base prices. Ulster Farmers Union deputy president Victor Chestnutt said…

FARM ENERGY

Where now for renewable energy on farms?

As financial support for renewable energy disappears, are lower technology costs and increasing climate change publicity creating new opportunities for farmers? Solar The ending of support schemes such as the…

COMPLIANCE

Abstraction licence breaches could lead to BPS penalties

Farmers are being reminded to regularly review the conditions of any abstraction licences to avoid the risk of cross-compliance penalties. The NFU is warning that failure to comply with a…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook for beef: Low prices to linger until late summer

Beef finishers are likely to have to wait until late summer before prices improve, when tighter supplies of cattle and the prospect of trade with China is expected to lift…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Nervous grain market moving daily

New-crop grain markets are nervous, with London November feed wheat futures up £1.95/t yesterday (17 June) to £156.70/t and down to £155/t this morning. Ex-farm prices are simply following futures…

BUSINESS

Housing multiple staff: What farmer landlords need to know

Farmers with staff accommodation housing multiple occupants or who let residential property are reminded that new rules came into force last year. These require them to register their property with…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

First UK beef to China for 20 years will ship by end of 2019

Cattle currently grazing UK fields could be on Chinese dinner plates by the end of the year after a trade deal was concluded between the two countries. The UK-China Beef…

COMPLIANCE

Top tips on staying legal when removing hedges

The rules around hedgerows can be complex with permissions on what you can do to them changing, depending on the season, their location and even their length. Removing a hedgerow…

TAX

Inheritance tax: Why correct Land Registry records are vital

Farmers will find it easier to protect inheritance tax reliefs if they first register all land with the Land Registry to establish who owns what within a partnership. A large…

PARTNERSHIPS

Video: Share farming partnership gives young farmer a break

Young farmer Aled Morgan faced a tough future in farming - with a family farm not big enough for both him and his brother to work on, there were few…

LAND MARKETS

Diverse range of land and farms offered at auction

A mix of land, property and woodland is set to go under the hammer in two upcoming summer auctions. Agents say an auction can be an efficient and cost effective…

DIVERSIFICATION

Video: So you want to… set up a livery yard?

Adding horses to a working farm could be a good fit, especially if someone in the business or family already has an equine interest. There is a lively market for…

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Careers

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be an ag engineer?

If you have a talent for making and fixing farm kit, then a job as an agricultural engineer could be the perfect career for you. James Chapman, who founded his…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

The ex-soldiers going into farming

A former intelligence officer and Royal Agricultural University student has launched an project to help ex-military personnel pursue careers in the countryside. Fiona Galbraith, who spent 23 years in the…

YOUNG FARMERS

Video: Is this farming's most unusual new entrant?

Philosophy graduate Sam Robinson, who was raised in Oxford, would seem a pretty unlikely new entrant to farming.  But with no industry knowledge or background, the 27-year-old moved to the…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Ag universities hit back at 'flawed' earnings report

Agricultural universities and departments have hit back at a report that recommends steering students away from "low earnings" degree subjects, including agriculture. Titled, A question of degree, the report from…