Late spring sees crops even up as harvest approaches
Crops look more promising following recent warmer weather, says Richard Overthrow.
Novel market intelligence can help determine best time to sell
A novel risk management service can provides farmer customers with a better understanding of factors affecting markets to help fine-tune marketing decisions, says Gleadell Agriculture.
A proud heritage – and promising future
A long term approach to farming is helping to secure the future of the Luton Hoo Estate for the next generation.
Old favourites still feature strongly on list
Many growers will again drill a high proportion of their favourite sugar beet varieties next spring – even though five additions to the Recommended List for the 2017 crop mean some promising new varieties are vying for their attention too.
End long term rodenticide baiting, farmers told
Farmers are being told to avoid long term rodenticide baiting around the outside of farm buildings – except as a justifiable last resort against clear and sustained threats to human or animal health.
Quality grass silage key to cutting feed costs for beef finishers
Grass silage offers beef finishers a significant opportunity to boost returns, with relatively small, simple and low cost adjustments potentially helping many units make better use of their cheapest and most valuable feed resource.
Referendum uncertainty for farmland – report
This month’s UK referendum on EU membership is contributing to uncertainty for the rural economy, says a report.
Promising results from pilot eGrain Passport project
The results of an 18-month pilot project to move the current paper grain passport system online are out for consultation to see if it should be rolled out across the industry.
Revealed: England’s most profitable arable farmers
The most profitable regions for growing winter wheat in England have been identified – and they aren’t always those with the highest yields
Alarm system warns operators of overloaded heavy duty vehicles
A UK company has developed a truck overload warning system that can be fitted to a vehicle’s load weighing system.
Firefly lights the way to a brighter future
SES VanderHave’s latest sugar beet variety Firefly is just what the UK market needs and wants, says Ian Munnery, the seed breeder’s UK director.
Weather proves challenge for students
Cold wet conditions have proved a battle for six teams hoping to grow the most profitable crop of peas in this year’s Cereals Challenge.
Oilseed rape still worth considering this autumn
Oilseed rape might not be the ‘banker’ crop it once was, but it is still worth considering this autumn, says Colin Button.
Difficult grass weeds can be tackled in sugar beet
Low sugar beet prices mean only serious growers remain loyal to the crop – but it is still possible to make good margins with the right inputs and equipment.
Latest McHale machine promises trouble-free bale wrapping
The McHale Orbital high-speed round bale wrapper is the latest addition to the company’s range – delivering a high output bale wrapper capable of keeping up with multiple balers.
Milk dispensing machine secures farm’s future
A Hertfordshire dairy farm has diversified its business by installing a milk dispensing machine so they can sell directly to their customers.
Slug population set to surge this summer
A mild winter followed by a wet spring has done nothing to reduce slug numbers and with April and May the principal breeding months, conservation charity BugLife has predicted that populations are set to surge.
Growing success in the Lea Valley as new glasshouse opens
A major new glasshouse in the Lea Valley which opened last month is good news for British growers, the British public and the British economy, says the NFU.
Hertfordshire estate meets challenge of low prices
Efficiency is key to meeting the challenge of low commodity prices at the Gaddesden Estate, based at Bridens Camp, near Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
New varieties continue trend for high yields
Eight new varieties added to the 2017 Recommended (RL) and Descriptive (DL) List reflect the continued trend for higher yield in candidate varieties being put forward by breeders.
Let us spray
Controversial as ever, Fen Tiger wonders whether it is worth employing an agronomist – and, if so, how they should best earn their salary.
RDS exhibits moisture meter at Cereals
RDS Technology will exhibit its Combine Moisture Meter 100 at this month’s Cereals Event, held at Chrishall Grange, near Duxford, Cambridgeshire, on 15-16 June.
Farm buildings bring in new business
An Essex family is making the most of farming along the M11 corridor, reports Judith Tooth.
Police relaunch rural crime team
A team of officers dedicated to combating rural crime has been re-formed in response to concerns among farmers in Cambridgeshire.
Industry aims to boost vegetable consumption
Farm leaders have set out 34 recommendations for increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables – while helping to reverse the obesity crisis and combating other diet-related illnesses.
Cambridgeshire gears up for bumper Cereals Event
More than 25,000 visitors are expected to visit this year’s Cereals Event, due to be held on 15-16 June at Chrishall Grange, near Duxford, Cambridgeshire.
Breeding programme aims to give new impetus to OSR
A plant breeding and selection initiative aims to provide a stream of new low input, low management oilseed rape varieties.
More efficient slurry and manure digestion delivers dividends
Enhanced BioGas Generation (EBG) technology producing 30% more energy from livestock slurry and manure than existing AD could add £75,000/year to the bottom line of a 400-cow dairy herd, say its developers Farmgas Community Partners.
Cultivation problems cut deep on farm
Moving away from the plough towards shallower cultivations has caused more problems than it solved, says Fen Tiger.
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