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NEWS

Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 9: Drought fears and gene editing

In this episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast, drought fears grow as lack of rain hits crops and grass growth across much of the UK – farm leaders call for…

BARLEY

Virus-tolerant barleys could offer insecticide-free future

Virus-tolerant winter barley varieties could be the way forward to avoid spraying insecticides in the autumn, but there are some doubts about whether these varieties give good enough yields and…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Farm Fit: Episode 8 – 15-minute body blast

Farmers Weekly has teamed up with farmer’s son Tom Kemp, from Farm Fitness, to share a series of exercises that you can do using items commonly found on a farm. Over 10…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig prices up again but margins are held back

Pig prices in the UK have risen again this week but increases in labour and feed costs through the first quarter of 2020 have restricted margins. During the week ending…

HEADERS

Buyer's guide to direct-cut wholecrop headers

Increased use of direct-cut harvesting techniques for wholecrop silage and energy forage crops has not only brought added work for large farms and contractors, but also for manufacturers of forage…

WILDLIFE

Can beavers and farms work together on flood control?

Hunted almost to extinction more than 400 years ago, beavers have gradually made their return to the UK. They hold protected status in Scotland and roam free in parts of…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Farewell to a faithful fungicide friend

It’s a damn good thing that the RPA are being generous and flexible about SFP submissions (possibly taking their cue from other agencies such as HMRC for tax, and DVLA…

LAND MARKETS

Mixed bag for land market across UK as lockdown is eased

Updated government advice following the slight relaxation of social restrictions in England has eased the way for the land and property market to reopen. People are now allowed to travel…

CEREALS

6 key things to see online at Cereals LIVE

Next month sees the first ever virtual Cereals event, offering farmers the latest business and technical advice, machinery launches and new tech demos. Rather than heading to a field in…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Coronavirus: Sharp uptick in sales of organic produce

The premium organic sector should shrug off the impact of coronavirus as growing numbers of consumers look for greater reassurance on food sources in the wake of the pandemic, the…

BARLEY

Winter malting barley variety gains full brewing approval

The top yielding winter malting barley variety Electrum has gained full approval for brewing use. From breeder Syngenta, the two-row barley has been granted full approval by the Maltsters' Association…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Lockdown allows trial of outdoor creep feeder

We resumed our quarterly vet and field person visits on 19 May, with strict social distancing observed and contamination risks minimised. A quick call between us all at the end…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Time to give the green light to gene editing

The Agriculture Bill, now awaiting consideration in the House of Lords, has attracted widespread media attention of late – mostly in relation to the demands of some MPs to set…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

TikTok farm machinery pranks spark safety probe

An investigation is under way after a number of videos appeared on TikTok showing farm machinery being misused for dangerous stunts on farms in Ireland. The short videos posted on…

BPS

Farmers urged to submit BPS applications without delay

Farmers and landowners are being encouraged to submit their BPS applications as soon as possible to reduce the chances of receiving late payments. On 27 April, Defra announced a one-month…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Big crops, brewing slump and weather affect barley outlook

While the UK’s winter barley area has fallen, the massive rise in spring drilling means that the UK is in line for a record crop of 8.4m tonnes. Every successive…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How silage rationing can cut suckler cow costs by £50 a head

Rationing the silage intakes of dry suckler cows according to body condition is resulting in forage savings of more than £40 a head on one Welsh livestock farm. Gwion Owen,…

IRRIGATION

Winter wheat irrigated in Lincolnshire to tackle drought

After receiving no rain in the whole of May, Lincolnshire grower Nicholas Watts and his son-in-law Robert Golland have taken drastic measures, irrigating their winter wheat crop in order to…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

5% of dairy farmers quit sector in 15 months – AHDB survey

Dairy farmer numbers have fallen by more than 5% across England and Wales over the past 15 months, according to AHDB survey data. The latest statistics suggest there are just…

WEATHER

Drought fears grow as dry spell continues

Government representatives and farm leaders are to discuss drought measures as a lack of rain further damages harvest prospects across the country. Low rainfall over recent weeks is expected to…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: How much to spend on a poor wheat crop?

We have had just 24mm of rain in the past seven weeks, but I am not complaining, as this is when our soil comes into its own. The persistent wet…

OILSEED RAPE

Oilseed rape variety choice is key to beat beetle threat

Variety choice is the most vital factor for oilseed rape growers to help cope with cabbage stem flea beetle damage, with a preference for varieties with fast growth in the…

TAKING STOCK

Beef price rise stokes store cattle prices

Strong gains in deadweight beef prices have buoyed store cattle averages around UK saleyards, dampening finisher margins. Scottish deadweight quotes started the week at a base of around 360p/kg. South…

FARMLIFE

Direct farm sales take off during lockdown to #FeedTheNation

Direct sales of farm produce to consumers have boomed during the coronavirus lockdown, while canny use of social media has added further impetus to this growing market. “We have seen…

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