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FARMLIFE

Charlie Flindt's tips for writing your farming memoir

Writing a memoir is a dream of many in the farming community. It’s a chance to capture the joys and challenges of rural life, help convey important messages about agriculture,…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Difficult decisions as market conditions worsen

Wheat harvest is finishing in Kansas. I, thankfully, don’t have to deal with any, but my friends and neighbours will have put up nearly 10m metric tons in the past…

BEEF

Guide to understanding a beef killing-out sheet

Taking the information from the kill sheet, and using some basic sums, can reveal a heap of information about production and efficiency. All too often cattle are sent to slaughter…

SPRAYERS

Driver’s view: Steven Keal’s Agrifac Condor sprayer

Steven Keal has been the sprayer operator at Thelveton Farms in Norfolk for four years and currently drives a highly-specced Agrifac Condor that has so far proved a sound investment,…

OILSEED RAPE

Video: Harvest 2020 - OSR struggles to match average yields

The oilseed rape harvest picked up pace this week under sunny skies, with a number of good-looking crops producing only average yields after an extremely difficult growing season. Following a…

FARMLIFE

Video: Farmer thanks NHS with giant maize maze

A Cambridgeshire farmer has created a massive maize maze to say thank you to NHS staff for saving people’s lives and risking their own during the coronavirus pandemic. Edward Gowler…

PULSES

Beans could be an option for frustrated oilseed rape growers

Buy-back contracts for beans are set to be expanded as agronomy group Frontier looks for more than its current 100 growers for harvest 2021, which may interest oilseed rape growers…

LIVESTOCK

How to tackle chronic dairy cow lameness and mobility

Lame cows have lower milk production, reduced feed intake, and are less likely to display estrus, all of which increase the risk of culling. Therefore, it's no wonder lameness is…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Coronavirus: Differing impacts on global beef market

British beef farmers have had a less bumpy ride than some of their counterparts in the rest of the world as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak, according to analysis…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Daffodil bulb harvest looks promising

Our attention is currently dominated by daffodil bulb harvesting. Our lift this year is much better than last season, which was impacted by two poor growing seasons. This time, things…

BOVINE TB

Bovine TB cases at 10-year high in north-west Wales

A region of Wales with historically low levels of bovine TB has recorded its highest number of herd breakdowns in 10 years. North-west Wales, classified as a Low TB Area…

NEWS

Lucky escape after light aircraft crashes in wheat field

A pilot escaped with minor injuries after crashing his light aircraft in a field of wheat. The plane, a replica of a German warplane, crash-landed and flipped on its roof.…

NEWS

Opinion: Decent broadband essential to recover from lockdown

This week, even as  the nights have started getting shorter, we finally got the winter tyres changed on the car. This is a tiny step towards a more normal state…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Michael Knight's Sands Horizon 5500

Experienced spray man Michael Knight now runs a modestly specced but high-output Sands Horizon 5500, which replaced a five-year-old 4,000-litre Vision in February. He tells us how it has performed…

FARM POLICY

End alarmism over chlorinated chicken, says trade chief

Alarmism over products like chlorinated chicken must end, says the chairman of the government's Trade and Agriculture Commission. The government has set up the commission to help ensure British farmers…

WILDLIFE

Farmers highlight work to protect bees and pollinators

Farmers are getting behind a week-long campaign to help raise awareness of the crucial role bees and other pollinators play in food production. Bees’ Needs Week (13-19 July) is co-ordinated…

NEWS

Farm in lockdown after coronavirus outbreak

About 200 employees remain in isolation on a Herefordshire farm following an outbreak of coronavirus among the workforce. Vegetable producers AS Green and Co, based in Mathon, near Malvern, employ…

SOILS

Poll: How would you rate your soil health?

More than one-third or arable growers could be affected by degraded soils, according to a new survey. Scientists at Rothamsted Research have developed a “soil health” measure that shows 38%…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hoping May-drilled maize recovers

What a mad month June turned out to be. After last year’s flooding disasters, it has been nice to seemingly time things right this year. Every time the forage harvester…

MAIZE

Advice on dealing with this year's variable maize crop

Maize growers are facing one of the most variable cropping years on record after a prolonged dry spring was followed by cooler, wetter weather. The Maize Growers Association reports the…

HARVEST

Farmers on barley and OSR harvest 2020 - photos and tweets

The 2020 oilseed rape harvest is well under way after a drier spell of weather at the weekend, with crops proving very variable, ranging from above average to poor. This…

LIVESTOCK MARKETING

Alternatives to selling livestock at markets this autumn

Ongoing social distancing restrictions and the uncertainty surrounding some breeding stock sales mean farmers may have to think about alternative ways to buy and sell their stock. The backend of the…

OILSEED RAPE

OSR seed dressing offers hope for flea beetle control

The only oilseed rape insecticide seed dressing with activity against the industry’s most damaging pest, cabbage stem flea beetle, can improve crop autumn establishment and increase yields by nearly 10%.…

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