Industry leaders voice concern over Brexit plan
Farm leaders will set out their demands for agriculture later this month as the government prepares to trigger the exit process for the UK to leave the European Union.
Start thinking about drilling spring crops – but not too soon
Growers aiming to combat grass weeds with spring cereals should avoid sowing crops until late March onwards, says Richard Overthrow.
Heath Super Grab makes for faster big bale handling
A range of crop handling equipment was exhibited by Heath Engineering when the company made its debut at last month’s LAMMA event.
Avian flu control to remain in place
Restrictions to help protect poultry avian influenza will remain in place at least until the end of this month, the government has confirmed.
New chief executive for Anglia Farmers
Agricultural purchasing group Anglia Farmers has appointed Jon Duffy as its new chief executive.
Light leaf spot brings New Year challenge for growers
Growers are being advised to inspect crops for light leaf spot following visible symptoms of the disease in some plants.
Largest vessel yet docks at Port of Ipswich
The largest vessel yet to call at the Port of Ipswich delivered a shipment of 10,500 tonnes of rice from Texas, USA, at the facility’s grain terminal.
Robots make light work of agricultural packing needs
Two versatile robot packing and stacking systems were unveiled at last month’s LAMMA 2017 show – capable of packing products in numerous sizes and formats.
New group formed to tackle industrial fly-tipping in Essex
The NFU has joined forces with the police, local authorities and the Environment Agency to tackle the industrial fly-tipping that is blighting the Essex countryside.
Funding tripled for plan to reduce antibiotics
Funding has tripled in support of an industry business plan to help UK farming play its part in the global drive to reduce the use of antibiotics animal and human medicine.
‘Norfolk scholars’ attend Oxford Farming Conference
Two local farmers attended last month’s Oxford Farming Conference courtesy of the Norfolk Scholar programme, which is run by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association in association with property consultants Bidwells.
Charities are winners after farmers’ race night
Three charities have each received a £1,000 boost thanks to the fund-raising efforts of farmers within the NFU’s Cambs East and West Suffolk branch.
Neonicotinoid ban set to stay – at least for now
A ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments to control cabbage stem flea beetle in oilseed rape will remain in place at least until this autumn – and possibly beyond.
Foot on the farm, ear to the phone
Farmer and broker Luke Paterson doesn’t let the grass grow under his feet, as Judith Tooth reports.
Feed barley discount or feed wheat premium?
The usage of feed wheat so far this season is up year on year, while barley inclusions are down, despite the price of feed barley relative to feed wheat, says Millie Askew.
Making the most of light soils for North Norfolk landowners
Farming company boosts returns with root, energy and seed crops, reports Judith Tooth.
Poultry initiative programme deemed a success
A bespoke poultry programme aimed at developing skills and knowledge of young people in one of Britain’s biggest farming sectors, has been hailed a success.
Suffolk company offers slurry handling solutions
Designing, manufacturing, contracting, installing … one small invention has grown to a trio of companies, as Judith Tooth reports.
Camgrain welcomes rapeseed and biomass facility
Farmer owned Camgrain is to co-host a 100,000t rapeseed processing and biomass energy plant at its Stratford upon Avon site in the West Midlands.
eGrain electronic passport project secures green light for next stage
The cereals industry has expressed strong support for a electronic grain passport which will eventually replace the current paper grain passport.
Bird numbers prepare to show that conservation counts
Farmers are being asked to take part in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s fourth annual Big Farmland Bird Count – due to take place from 3-12 February.
Grass really is greener for Hertfordshire farming company
From its base near Borehamwood, AT Bone & Sons has built up a leading sports turf contracting business.
‘Magical’ films inspire careers in agriculture
A series of films showing that “farming is magic” has been viewed more than 10,000 times on the internet – with hundreds of new viewers every month.
Don’t be afraid of the lizard in you
When it comes to growing and marketing combinable crops, pressing ahead with a bold business decision is rarely easy – but it often pays off, says Jeremy Cole.
Make more ‘Brexit-proof’ forage and silage, dairy farmers urged
Dairy farmers are being advised to produce more milk from forage and rely less on bought-in feeds, which have risen in price following last year’s Brexit vote.
High competition among the latest wheat varieties
Is there room for all the latest winter wheat varieties? Russell Frost picks his best of the bunch.
Six soft feed wheats join new Recommended List
The first soft wheats in four years are among 29 new varieties to be to the AHDB cereals and oilseeds Recommended Lists for 2017/18.
Integrated control helps win battle against blackgrass
A combined control strategy offers the best hope of controlling blackgrass, according to a recent report by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
Major revisions included in fertiliser and nutrient ‘bible’
A new edition of the fertiliser manual RB209 is to be published following an extensive review which will form the basis of the guide.
Will agriculture have enough water to grow our food in the future?
The fight to ensure farmers have access to a fair share of water will continue during 2017, says Melvyn Kay.
Rural leaders say fly-tipping crackdown must continue
Rural leaders are urging local councils to continue a pre-Christmas crackdown against fly-tipping – urging them to target criminals who illegally dump rubbish in the countryside.
Agri-Tech East cluster ‘best place to start a business’
East Anglia is at the forefront of agricultural technology – with a supply chain at the forefront of horticulture and the arable farming sectors, says a report.
Rural businesses ‘can help drive national economy’
Farmers and other rural businesses can play a full part in driving forward the nation’s economy in 2017 – but only if they are given the right economic and political environment in which to thrive.
Timely drilling can ease work and weed pressure
A quiet January can help growers get ahead for spring, says Richard Overthrow.
Crop test tools help grower with input costs
A better understanding of plant physiology and soil nutrients is helping to improve yields and quality on a Bedfordshire farm.
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