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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: One more go with oilseed rape

It’s been a strange harvest so far, and one that has required a lot of patience keeping the combine parked up when it is over 30C, either because crops aren’t…

LAYERS

A poultrykeeper's guide to ground-source heat pumps

With farm carbon emissions under the spotlight and an increasing emphasis on sustainable agriculture, many producers are moving away from fossil fuels. Ground-source heat pumps offer a good solution for…

GRAIN STORAGE EQUIPMENT

Automated mobile dryer simplifies harvest for 160ha grower

When faced with the quandary of upgrading to a newer combine harvester or a more efficient grain dryer, it takes a bit of discipline to plump for the latter. But…

NEWS

Opinion: Greening was a blunt instrument

The other week, I was talking to an applicant to the Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme about not being able to use CS options for ecological focus areas (EFAs), and advising…

WILDLIFE

Grazing cattle help bring back rare blue butterfly

A rare butterfly has been successfully reintroduced into the English countryside after Natural England and partners created the ideal habitat using cows grazing meadows. The globally endangered large blue butterfly…

FINANCE

July tractor sales take big dip

UK tractor registrations in July were 44% lower than in the same month last year, says the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). July 2019 saw 868 units larger than 50hp registered.…

NEWS

Horticulture ballot 'provides mandate to change AHDB'

Growers say they have secured a mandate to reform the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) – arguing that it fails to provide value for money. Most growers view the…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Rapid combining progress while yields are mixed

Harvest is progressing quickly this week, aided by the heatwave, with many finishing oilseed rape, barley and oats with a mixture of yields appearing. See also: Harvest 2020: Lincs grower cuts…

FARM POLICY

Farmers to be paid for delivery of better animal welfare

Much has been said about the move to a new “public money for public goods” basis for supporting English farmers as post-Brexit Britain transitions away from the old EU system…

NEWS

FW Podcast Episode 20: Machinery costs and is OSR worth it?

The cost of new machinery continues to scale new heights with John Deere slapping a hefty price tag on its latest X9 1100 combine. Many growers will struggle to find…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Bloodshed at OSR's last stand

Right. That’s it. Oilseed rape is definitely off next year’s cropping plan. Yet only a couple of days ago, there was still a respectable area of yellow on the carefully…

AWARDS

Farmers Weekly Awards: Mixed Farmer finalists 2020

This year's three Mixed Farmer of the Year finalists have created, developed and successfully diversified their enterprises, with a strong passion for agriculture and their local community.  The 2020 Mixed…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Cogent launches new feed efficiency index

Cogent has introduced a new feed efficiency index called EcoFeed to help cattle producers breed more efficient animals. The EcoFeed index is an integrated approach to genetic selection based on…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Have your say to benefit from planning reform

The government’s consultation on planning law reform proposes the biggest change to the system in 70 years, containing both threats and potential opportunities for farmers. There is no doubt that…

FINANCE

Profits and lending up at AMC

AMC lent 9% more money to farmers and landowners in the year ended December 2019 than in the previous year. The organisation, which is owned by Lloyds Banking Group, lent…

4X4S

Electric conversion gives Land Rover Defenders a 200-mile range

A Land Rover tuning firm has introduced an electric conversion kit for the original Defender that ups power to 214bhp and offers more than 200 miles of range to a…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Weights up despite challenging dry conditions

We are halfway through harvest at the time of writing. Oats did 6.1t/ha (2.4t/acre) (half was drilled in January, but had the better gross margin) and the wheat has done…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

GB milk production returns to expected pre-Covid-19 levels

GB milk production looks to be roughly back on track, just above the level at which AHDB Dairy estimates it would have been had producers not had to make coronavirus…

LAND MARKETS

Scarcity of land drives demand in Northern Ireland and Wales

The uncertainty of the global pandemic and the Brexit transition period has resulted in significant low supply in Wales and Northern Ireland’s land markets. Similarly to the rest of the…

WHEAT

Skyfall wheat comes out top in variety sustainability index

Old favourite Skyfall comes out as the top winter wheat variety on a sustainability rating scale looking across a range of desirable characteristics for growers. Agronomy group Agrii has created…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Half cut with yields down, wheat quality good

Half the cereals and oilseed rape harvest is complete, with yields generally down on 2019, while winter wheat grain quality is being described as good. Some 47% of wheat, 98%…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

AHDB marketing campaign helps drive pork sales spike

A nationwide marketing campaign which urges consumers to eat more home-produced pork has triggered a spike in sales of this versatile meat, new figures reveal. The AHDB’s Love Pork Mix…

FARM POLICY

Beet growers face double whammy on imports and neonics

British sugar beet growers face seeing their competitiveness undermined by a rising tide of imports and a ban on production methods allowed in other countries. It follows a government decision…

FARMLIFE

Farmers don’t have to suffer in silence, says charity

A new campaign aims to help rural men who are struggling to cope with the effect of coronavirus restrictions on their mental wellbeing. Launched by the Samaritans, the Real People,…

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