Know How / Weather

Weather

Advice and tips

Advice to help you protect your farm during flooding

Floods can have devastating impacts on farm businesses, affecting livestock, buildings and homes. In many instances, farmers have found themselves completely at the mercy of the elements, but there are…

BUSINESS

Business Clinic: Am I insured for snow-clearing jobs?

Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts offer free advice on legal, finance, tax, insurance, farm management and land issues. Rural affairs specialist Tim Price explains what farmers need to think about…

See all

Archive

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hoping for rain as spring drilling nears

In the southern hemisphere, spring has sprung. At least according to the calendar it has. But as far as rain is concerned, we are going to have to wait a…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Drought turns light eastern soils to dust

Well, it is certainly dry here in the East. Cereals on the lightest land will struggle to make any form of comeback now, even if it rains for the rest…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Dry conditions take their toll on yield prospects

I have started taking an unhealthy interest in the rain meter on my weather station. Recent rainfall is probably too little, too late and we are already adjusting remaining inputs…

Farm floods: Guide to practical and financial support

The extensive flooding in northern England, parts of Scotland, north Wales and Northern Ireland has left many farmers facing huge clean-up bills. Huge swathes of farmland remain waterlogged and unusable,…

See all

Case studies

NEWS

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

ENVIRONMENT

How farm management changed in wake of Somerset floods

It has been three years since the Somerset Levels were hit by flooding and, in that time, much has changed. Farms have had to change the way they manage their…

See all

Community

FARMLIFE

15 frustrating things about snow on the farm

When you're living and working in the countryside winter often means you're likely to get some amount of snow - although the British weather can never fully be relied upon.…

See all

Insights

NEWS

Why farming's being asked to do more to fight climate change

While other sectors of the economy, such as power, waste and construction, have been steadily reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the past decade, agriculture has failed to keep…

ARABLE

Arable Horizons: What climate change means for farming

Climate change and agriculture are intrinsically linked – food production is the biggest contributor to global warming and suffers the most from its effects. This was the focus of the final Arable…

Why 2015 weather data gives wheat growers hope

Last year, a mild winter struck fear into the hearts of many wheat growers as experts predicted 2015 could beat 2014 as the worst septoria year on record. Now growers…

Farming sector evaluates Defra's flood-fighting plans

Details are emerging of government plans to pay farmers who adopt flood mitigation measures that save towns and villages from rising water. But industry leaders have warned that any proposals…

See all

News

UNCATEGORIZED

Dwindling grass raises fears of winter fodder crisis

After a difficult winter and recent prolonged dry spell, farmers are on the verge of a serious fodder crisis because of stunted grass growth. Following two months of scorching weather,…

NEWS

Hosepipe ban for North West as drought fears grow

A water company has issued guidance to farmers in north-west England about how their businesses will be affected by an upcoming hosepipe ban. The North West’s water company, United Utilities…

WEATHER

Fire warning as harvest continues in tinder dry crops

Industry leaders have issued an urgent plea for farmers to take fire precautions as harvest gathers pace in tinder dry conditions. The sustained dry weather shows no sign of abating…

WEATHER

Farmer with 40 horses left without water for three days

A Warwickshire farmer has hit out after his 40 horses were left without water for three days during the recent heatwave because of water supply problems. Chris Gardner said the…

See all

Video

NEWS

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

Video: Forage Aid founder appeals for haulage volunteers

Forage Aid founder Andrew Ward has made a plea for more haulage volunteers to come forward to transport donations to farmers in need, with the charity now "busier than ever" as demand…

Video: Flooded Cumbrian farmer hits out at Environment Agency

A Lake District farmer has hit out against the Environment Agency for not dredging the rivers after losing stock and having fields strewn with gravel in the Cumbrian floods. Bassenthwaite…

Video: Cumbrian farmer counts cost of flood devastation

A farmer in Cumbria has called for more powers to manage becks after his sheep were drowned and a holiday cottage was gutted in the floods. Farmers Weekly reporter, Michael…

See all