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TRACTORS

TV show set to feature the world's greatest tractors

A TV-series devoted entirely to the biggest, most expensive and most powerful tractors in the world is set to air on Channel 5. The three-part series will begin at 9pm…

OPINION

FW Opinion: Is farming's fear of failure a brake on progress?

At what age do you get cynical about there being nothing new under the sun? If I had a fiver (not a pound – inflation) for each time I heard…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Benefits of septoria tests in optimising T2 fungicide rates

A big farming group is trialling rapid disease detection tests to optimise its fungicide rates to control septoria, which, if successful, could be rolled out across all of its 16,000ha…

DAIRY

Why better dairy performance means a lower carbon footprint

The topic of net zero is wide ranging, contentious and shrouded in dogma. It is unfortunate that the concept of decarbonisation has become, in many ways, so politically weaponised. The…

PLANNING PERMISSION

How government’s levelling up plans will affect farmers

A less stringent housing delivery target, greater emphasis on “beautiful” developments, and improvements to the planning system have been confirmed as the government’s Levelling Up priorities. The government used the…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Class of '22 set loose on my Tucano

When I got the phone call from the local ag college, asking when their engineering students could come and inspect my combine, I got a bit confused. It was bad…

POTATOES

UK’s first potato protein extraction factory set to open

The UK’s first potato protein extraction plant, which converts low-grade potatoes into high-value plant-based protein, is set to open this summer in Lincoln. Developed by Agritech R&D business B-hive Innovations,…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Major project to get water going uphill

After nearly blowing up Farmers Weekly’s Twitter account with my combative opinions in my last article, I’ve come to some conclusions. My opinions may or may not be accepted in…

SILAGE TRAILERS

Scotgrass: Samco CTS chaser speeds up silage bale collection

Samco has put the finishing touches to its 1600 CTS silage bale chaser, following a year of prototype trials. It was designed by Irish farmer Tom Carrigan and features a…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Lump Sum Exit Scheme funding requirements stumping tenants

Tenant farmers who want to leave farming risk missing out on Defra’s Lump Sum Exit Scheme because they are struggling to get finance in place to fulfil the scheme’s requirements.…

MILK PRICES

June milk prices climb while global dairy trade falls

Producers supplying the Co-op Dairy Group through Muller will receive a farmgate milk price of 41.18p/litre from 1 June. This is a 1.07p/litre rise for Muller Co-op-aligned suppliers based off…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Price rises and more support bring boost to pig sector

There is cautious optimism for the pig sector this week with finished pig prices inching upwards coupled with announcements of price pledge initiatives for independent producers and Waitrose suppliers. In…

ARABLE

Reports of T2 spray damaging sprayer components

Several incidences of the degradation of sprayer components have been reported in the UK over the past week, where the tank mix applied has included the fungicide active Inatreq. Corteva…

NEWS

Big Farmland Bird Count turnout praised amid winter storms

Almost 2,000 farmers and land managers took part in this year’s Big Farmland Bird Count, recording 130 different species in appalling weather. The annual nationwide survey took place from 4-20…

NEWS

Lib Dems: Farmers need support to ease cost of living crisis

British farmers are the best in the world and could play a big part in tackling the cost of living crisis, the leader of the Liberal Democrats has insisted. Sir…

MOWERS

Scotgrass: Tanco's trailed Autocut triple mo-co breaks cover

Bale wrapping specialist Tanco has broken convention with its new range of triple mower-conditioners by fitting the beds to a semi-mounted chassis. There are two Autocut models to pick from…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Vaccination for beef suckler cow diseases: Why, when and how

Are vaccinations a cost-effective insurance policy against devastating disease outbreaks with serious financial consequences? Or are they an unnecessary expense and hassle? The answer will vary depending on the vaccine…

BUSINESS

Organic dairy farming in 2022: Opportunities and challenges

The value of the UK organic dairy sector has remained fairly flat over the last five years, with consumer demand in the UK behind many other developed nations. Despite this…

MARKET OPPORTUNITIES

Oat growers to gain from opening of new processing plant

Europe’s newest and most efficient oat processing plant is set to open in Northamptonshire next year, creating a new outlet for oat growers to feed a rapidly expanding market. The…

AIR AND WATER

Farmer pleads guilty to damaging River Lugg

A Herefordshire farmer has pleaded guilty to damaging the protected River Lugg after a high-profile investigation by government agencies into unauthorised river maintenance work. John “Pudge” Price, a potato, cereal…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: I hope weather forecasters are wrong

Despite the cool April temperatures and cold north-easterly airflow for much of the month, crops have raced through growth stages in recent weeks. Winter barley has been by far the…

TAKING STOCK

Beef price hike needed to safeguard summer supply

Fears over a summer beef shortage are growing as unprecedented forward cereal prices and rising costs make more farms question the viability of cattle-finishing. Unless prices start moving quickly towards…

NEWS

Countryside Alliance backs tough fly-tipping law in Scotland

The Scottish Countryside Alliance (SCA) has backed proposals for tougher measures to crack down on fly-tipping in Scotland and urged farmers in the country to have their say on the…

SPRAYERS

Options expanded for closed-transfer sprayer filling

Serious concerns about operator and environmental safety when climbing onto sprayers to pour neat chemical into the top of tanks were raised by safety regulators as far back as the…

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