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FARM POLICY

Call for planning law reform to aid Scottish farm succession

Farm leaders in Scotland are pushing for a relaxation of planning laws to allow retiring farmers to build a home on their land. NFU Scotland (NFUS) says change is needed because…

SUGAR BEET

No neonic-treated sugar beet seed this spring

Sugar beet growers will not be able to use neonicotinoid-treated seed this spring after cold weather reduced the risk of virus yellows disease. Low temperatures during February mean that only…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

First Milk pumps £12m into creamery upgrades

Farmer-owned co-op First Milk has announced a £12.5m investment programme to update its cheese and whey processing facilities.   The investment will be split across two processing sites. About £9m…

BUSINESS

Norfolk wind farm ruling of wider significance to farmers

Legal experts say a High Court ruling against an offshore wind farm in Norfolk could have wider implications for farmers and landowners affected by other infrastructure projects. The High Court…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

First-ever sclerotinia-tolerant OSR could help cut costs

Oilseed rape growers may be able to save money and miss out on a fungicide flowering spray by drilling the first ever variety with tolerance to stem rot disease sclerotinia.…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Competition 2021: Workshop-built arable implements

Plenty of growers have decided to spend time building their own cultivators and drills to suit their particular soil types and sowing regimes. See below for the best of the…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Liver fluke test advice issued amid rising cases

Farmers should test and monitor cattle and sheep for liver fluke after periods of mild and very wet winter weather, vets are warning, amid widespread evidence of infection.   This…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Advice on grants for managing ash dieback

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Marc Liebrecht, arboriculturist and forestry manager at Carter Jonas, advises on how to…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hedge laying and coppicing all go

February is a good month for hedge laying and coppicing. The seeds on the bushes have nearly all been eaten, and the sap has not started to rise yet. We…

BREXIT

Long-awaited report sets out guidance for agri-food trade

Government needs to strike a balance between liberalising trade and ensuring UK farmers are not undermined by substandard imported food, says the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC) in its long-awaited…

NEWS

Opinion: Simple changes yield rich rewards with livestock

Earlier this month, along with more than 1,000 others, I was privileged to listen to Temple Grandin speak about cattle handling via an AHDB webinar. I first encountered Dr Grandin…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice on growing maize under film, plus the costs

Growing maize under film could increase profit margins by more than £3,000/ha by improving the quality of the crop and increasing milk output. Trial sites run by crop production specialist…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Value of UK 2020 sheep exports rises on lower volumes

UK sheepmeat exports rose in value to reach £437.9m during 2020, despite shifts in demand because of the coronavirus pandemic. Latest figures from HMRC show that the value of UK…

WHEAT

Rothamsted scientists to apply for GE wheat field trial

Scientists are planning to apply to grow the UK's first field-trial of gene-edited wheat – bred to reduce a cancer-causing compound commonly found in toast. Researchers from Rothamsted Research have…

CRIME

Warning after spate of arson attacks and fires in Somerset

Farmers in Somerset have been put on alert after a series of suspected arson attacks and barn fires. Avon and Somerset Police is investigating three fires believed to have been…

CRIME

13 sheep killed in dog attack on Cheshire farm

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT A loose dog has left 13 sheep dead after attacking a flock on a farm in Cheshire. Police were called to the farm on Sunday 28 February…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How growing maize with beans can improve silage quality

Intercropping of maize and climbing beans is gaining ground among German farmers keen to improve the quality of their silage. Yields and protein content are particularly promising when the two…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Care needed to tackle weeds without crop damage

The warmer spell is seeing fields dry out and agronomists are assessing the impact of yet another wet winter on crops. Disease is being found in some crops and plans…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Inventions Comp 2021: John Phizacklea’s seeder harrow

Cornish farmer and contractor John Phizacklea has built a neat, low-cost seeder harrow for patching grass in small fields and paddocks. His creation mounts to his front loader, which ensures…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

FW Inventions Competition 2021: Cyril Patterson’s pig trailer

Seasoned inventor Cyril Patterson has built an elaborate multiuse livestock trailer featuring a shallow tailgate that allows pigs to be loaded on to the top deck. The idea came about…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hoping the geese leave and the pubs open

Calving has started in earnest. The biggest day so far has been 16 calves. Heifers are calving first. One or two large bull calves were difficult to deliver, but the…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Why yellow rust ratings changed for some varieties in 2021

An online early warning system and a revamp of variety yellow rust resistance ratings have been introduced for 2021 to help wheat growers tackle an increasingly diverse pathogen. With the…

YOUNG FARMERS

Jacob Anthony: NVZ decision will make many farms unviable

Whole-Wales nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) – a necessity or just another political point-scoring exercise by the Labour-run Welsh government in the run-up to May’s Senedd elections? The vast majority would…

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