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FLY-TIPPING

Vehicles seized in rural fly-tipping crackdown

Police have seized a number of suspect vehicles as part of a multi-agency clampdown against fly-tipping in rural parts of North Yorkshire. Specialist police officers from North Yorkshire Police’s Roads…

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…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Electric weeding system to make UK debut

An alternative weed control technique that uses high-voltage electricity applied through purpose-built stainless steel applicators to kill weeds right down to the roots is coming to the UK later this…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Oat guide aims to raise yields by 10%

The UK’s first oat growth guide was launched by PepsiCo at the Cereals event, with the aim of raising yields by 5-10% to meet the rising demand for milling oats. Containing…

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…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Razorback launches mower and straw rake duo

Mzuri might be best known for its strip-till drills, but with a hedgecutter and rotary mower in its line-up, it’s as much into undergrowth management as arable establishment. To cut…

WEATHER

Crops feared lost in Lincolnshire floods

Farmland remains flooded with crops feared lost after two months of rain fell in just two days in Lincolnshire. Up to 220ha of wheat, oilseed rape and broccoli are understood…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Ziegler unveils cultivator range

German maker Ziegler might be better known for its maize headers, four-wheel steer cutterbar trailers and oilseed rape side knives in the UK, but the firm is now building its…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Sky releases new Easy Drill coulter range

A new coulter assembly has been added to Sky's Easy Drill range, which the company reckons will help place seed more accurately and improve the flow of crop residue to…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

New EBV introduced to speed up lamb finishing times

Sheep producers can influence the speed lambs reach slaughter weights thanks to a new Days to Slaughter Estimated Breeding Value (EBV). The EBV has been created as a result of…

CRIME

Joyriders cause havoc for Hereford cider farmer

A Herefordshire farm has been hit again by rural crime, after a spate of vandalism. Knights Cider farm, in Storridge, near Malvern, was targeted on Sunday (9 June), when two…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Weaving builds dedicated companion crop drill

Increasing pressure from water companies to reduce the amount of run-off from maize stubbles has prompted Weaving Machinery to build a dedicated companion crop drill. It’s not the first of…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Berthoud sprayers get three-fold steel booms

In a bid to neaten up the design of its bigger sprayers, Berthoud has introduced a three-fold version of its popular Axiale steel boom. Until recently, it was only the…

TECHNOLOGY

Video: Hands Free Hectare safely avoids pedestrians

The Hands Free Hectare project has demonstrated a range of new safety features at the Cereals event in Lincolnshire this week. The next stage of the project will see the…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Cereals 2019: Better varieties and sprays set to aid growers

Cereal and oilseed rape growers will see more disease-resistant varieties and more effective pesticides next season to cope with the loss of active ingredients and a squeeze on profits. Wheat…

WILDLIFE

Defra issues three general licences for pest bird control

Three new general licences for killing certain birds have been issued by Defra, extending the number of species that can be shot without having to apply for an individual licence.…

BOVINE TB

Badger cull to resume in two key areas

Natural England has given the go-ahead for badger culling to resume in two areas where bovine TB has been rife. The government body announced it had sent authorisation letters granting…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Horsch adds cheaper AX to Leeb sprayer range

Horsch has established itself as one of the lead names in the trailed sprayer conversation, but its Leeb machines tend to be priced at the upper end of the market.…

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…

BOVINE TB

Bovine TB nightmare may force farming couple out of business

An Oxfordshire farming couple may be forced to sell their farm because of the crippling impact of bovine TB. David and Samantha Hicks, who own Kingwood Farm in Wyfold, near…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Defra faces High Court challenge over slug pellet ban

The government faces a High Court challenge over Defra secretary Michael Gove’s decision to ban metaldehyde slug pellets – with a view to declaring it unlawful. Permission to bring a…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: John Deere debuts Mazzotti sprayer

Farmers were surprised to get a first glimpse of the new Mazzotti self-propelled sprayer range following John Deere's purchase of the Italian manufacturer in 2017. Back then, JD said it had…

TAKING STOCK

Deadweight supply puts pressure on cull cow averages

Cull cow prices came under pressure in May and June for the first time since the start of the year. Great British liveweight averages lifted 23p/kg between January and early…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Biggest ever rebate at AF Group as profits jump 76%

The agricultural purchasing co-op AF Group has reported a 76% increase in pre-tax profits to £2.1m after a year of increased demand from its members. AF, formerly known as Anglian…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Cereals 2019: Pick from six wheat varieties for the future

Winter wheat growers are being urged to drill varieties in the future that deliver high yields and a low response to fungicides to cut costs, as highlighted by six wheat…

ENVIRONMENT

NFU joins supermarkets in pledge to cut food waste

More than 100 of the UK’s biggest food players have signed a government pledge to halve food waste by 2030, which costs £20bn each year. Retailers including Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons,…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Next-gen low-input wheat variety unveiled

The first quad-layer varieties of oilseed rape, and a feed wheat delivering an untreated yield of 120%, were unveiled by DSV at the Cereals event. Up for recommendation later this…

CEREALS

Cereals 2019: Photos and videos of rain, mud and stuck cars

Farmers have splashed and slithered their way into day two of the Cereals event in Lincolnshire, despite a washout first day which saw visitors without wellies regretting their footwear faux…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

China's ASF crisis set to be opportunity for beef and lamb

The devastating impact of African swine fever (ASF) on China’s pig herd may have knock-on benefits for beef and lamb as buyers look to alternative proteins to make up demand.…

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