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Covid-19: Keeping children safe on farms

26th March 2020
With school closures as a result of Covid-19, children are spending more time on their family farms and may even be called on to help if family members are vulnerable or have contracted the virus. Farming organisations have issued advice for parents to ensure children stay safe in these unprecedented times.Farming is well known to have the highest rate of worker fatal injuries in the main i......

Panic buyers welcome at Jeremy Clarkson’s farm shop

24th March 2020
Top Gear host turned farmer Jeremy Clarkson yesterday welcomed ‘panic buyers’ to his farm shop but warned them not to get out of the car.Clarkson’s farm shop – called Squat Shop – is open and currently stocking only potatoes. In a post on Twitter, he wrote: ‘People of Chipping Norton. My farm shop will open at 11. Only potatoes on offer. Panic buyers welcome. Don’t get out of your car.’......

Despite the rain, seven new varieties are added to 2021 sugar beet list

23rd March 2020
The seven new varieties added to the 2021 sugar beet list are BTS1915 from Limagrain UK Ltd, Evalotta KWS, Catriona KWS, Eldorana KWS, Sancha KWS and Smart Rivetta KWS from KWS UK Ltd and Lacewing from SESVanderHave UK Ltd.These demonstrate the improvements that breeders are making to the crop. BTS1915 was the highest yielding of all varieties on the list; Lacewing is a new BCN variety; Sma......

Three-crop rule relaxed and £6m funding announced

20th March 2020
Environment secretary George Eustice has confirmed the government intends to relax the three-crop rule this year, as severe flooding means many farmers would struggle to comply.Brought over from EU law after Brexit on 31 January, the rule requires farmers managing more than 30 hectares of arable land to grow at least three different crops. Farmers with smaller land holdings are also subject......

Soya UK remind growers that Millet & Soya are useful late-sown options

19th March 2020
Growers with bare land are reminded that Soya and Millet are both sown in late April through to late May, and can save the day for growers looking for late-sown cropping options.

With the unprecedented winter weather, the UK is looking at the largest spring cropping area for many years, and with a shortage of spring seed and rotational restrictions to consider, many growers are s......

Covid-19: Farmers warned not to stockpile medicines

17th March 2020
Farmers are being warned not to stock up on prescription-only animal medicines, amid the escalating coronavirus outbreak.There have been ‘isolated reports’ of farmers being encouraged to stockpile these medicines, according to the Animal Medicines Training Regulatory Authority (Amtra), who warned that this is both ‘illegal’ and ‘counter-productive’.The Veterinary Medicines Regulations s......

The future is bright for dairy

15th March 2020
Conversations at this year’s Dairy-Tech were inevitably dominated by climate change but, while it is clear the industry will undergo significant changes in the next 10–20 years, there is no shortage of innovation and skill to help producers meet the challenges ahead. Sarah Kidby attended.

Speakers in both the dairy and innovation hubs at t......

Risk-based sclerotinia sprays are good for the bottom line

13th March 2020
With the crop about to enter its critical flowering period, AHDB has announced it will run its sclerotinia infection risk alerts service again this season to help growers better target sprays.AHDB has also issued the spring update of the light leaf spot forecast, as well as predictive information on aphid activity (first flights and abundance).Sclerotinia forecastsE......

Budget 2020 : Red diesel subsidy frozen for UK agriculture

12th March 2020
Following chancellor Rishi Sunak's announcement that the government will provide a £30bn package to help the economy get through the coronavirus outbreak, it was declared that the red diesel subsidy will not change for UK farmers.The chancellor spoke at length on the environmental impact of businesses using the fuel and his consequent decision to abolish the ‘tax relief’ fo......

Caring for compromised wheat

10th March 2020
Challenging conditions last autumn are now presenting growers with difficult decisions for spring. Many might be considering what to do with, and how much to spend, on winter crops although nursing them through to harvest will be the aim of most.With spring barley premiums looking unlikely, and no guarantee of good drilling conditions during March and April, winter wheat cr......

Major machinery auction to take place this summer

9th March 2020
Strutt and Parker (Farms) Ltd was incorporated in 1918 and has a strong reputation as being one of the leading farm businesses in the UK, farming c.20,000 acres.

In 2019 the business was purchased by Robigus Ltd, in what was believed to be the biggest transaction of a farming business since 2014.

With fresh vision and a change of farming policy, under the manag......

Serious concerns over red diesel plans

6th March 2020
Speculation that Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to scrap the red diesel subsidy in next week’s Budget has prompted serious concerns among farmers.According to a report in Financial Times, Sunak will end freezes on fuel duty as part of a raft of measures to help Britain meet its climate change targets, whilst raising an additional £2.4 billion for the government.‘More expensive diesel wil......

Open evening celebrates new premises

5th March 2020
Ireland’s Farm Machinery Ltd, a family run machinery dealership with 3 depots in Lincolnshire, Carrington, Sutterton and Market Rasen, held an open evening to celebrate the launch of their new purpose-built premises on their 8-acre site at Carrington near Boston. The opening attracted more than 300 customers and suppliers from across the country. Guests were treated to canapes and drinks and th......

Farmers warned to tread carefully on wet ground

2nd March 2020
Extreme winter weather has left fields extremely wet or waterlogged. Using heavy machinery in wet conditions increases the risk of soil compaction so farmers are being advised to adjust tyre pressures or risk causing irreparable damage.Richard Hutchins, agricultural tyre specialist for Continental, warns of widespread soil damage if farmers do not set the correct tyre pressures for wet grou......

NFU20: Frustrations aired over three-crop rule

28th February 2020
Severe flooding across the country in recent weeks formed a key part of discussions at the NFU Conference this week, with particular concerns raised about the three-crop rule.Under the EU, the three-crop rule requires farmers with more than 30 hectares of arable land to have three different crops in the ground between 1 May and 30 June. But recent flooding has prompted calls for a derogatio......

Jeremy Clarkson’s farm shop ‘cheaper than Aldi’

25th February 2020
Former Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson invited fans to the first opening of his farm shop on Saturday, where he sold produce grown on his 1000-acre farm, Diddly Squat, in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.Signs distributed around the shop were indicative of Clarkson’s trademark sense of humour, with messages such as ‘Diddly Squat vegetables drizzled in fungicide’; ‘Everything guaranteed non o......

Three crop rule derogation urgently needed to manage flood impacts

24th February 2020
With thousands of farmers across the country battling floods after Storm Dennis and unable to get onto their land to plant crops, farming organisations from across the UK have asked for an urgent relaxation of the three crop rule.The UK Farming Roundtable, which met yesterday, has called for the government to grant a derogation from the rule and to broaden the extent of the Farming Recovery......

Simple safety for ATV users

24th February 2020
When you think of a farmer’s vehicles, the first ones that come to mind are tractors and all-terrain vehicles (ATV). These are the cornerstone of any farm. However, what an ATV can offer compared to other vehicles is increased versatility in terms of towing and hauling capacity and the capability to handle multiple terrains with ease, from steep inclines to boggy fields. These benefits have led......

Turning farm waste into high-protein animal feed

21st February 2020
Waste products from farms could be used to produce a high-energy, low-cost and environmentally-friendly feed for livestock.Scientists from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Aberystwyth University are working with colleagues from University College Cork in Ireland to investigate how slurry and wastewater from the dairy industry could be put to better us......

Viral tweet from farmer at breaking point is met with global support

20th February 2020
Unaware that her post would soon create a media storm, 20-year-old Ffion Hooson of Denbighshire, Wales, wrote a heart-felt plea on Twitter regarding her on-going struggles with farming.‘I’m 20 years old and farming alone and I am constantly putting a brave hard face on... yet deep down I’m pretty much breaking inside... it’s the most I’ve struggled and no one really understands but I ha......

Get to grips with grain markets at Cereals 2020

18th February 2020
Grain marketing is a key aspect of any arable business, yet getting the best out of it can be tricky. That’s why the Cereals Event has introduced a new feature for 2020.The Grain Exchange is a platform covering every element of grain markets, from innovative crops and new market opportunities, to budgeting and risk management. “The Grain Exchange is an incredibly useful new element and we a......

Rural fly-tipping figures on the rise

15th February 2020
The continued rise of large fly-tipping incidents across England affects two thirds of farmers, with the clean-up cost per incident averaging at £1,000 per landowner, the National Rural Crime Network has revealed.Countryside communities have long been the target for offenders dumping their rubbish in isolated locations, with an eight per cent increase in fly-tipping crimes since 2018, and a......

JCB cuts production levels amid coronavirus outbreak

14th February 2020
British manufacturer JCB is set to cut working hours for thousands of its staff due to predicted supply issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak.The move will mean a 34-hour week for around 4,000 UK production employees until further notice, starting on Monday 17th February. There has also been an immediate suspension of all overtime.Chief operating officer Mark Turner said: “The disru......

Quad bike complacency is a killer, warns rural risk expert

13th February 2020
A rural insurance specialist is warning farmers not to underestimate the dangers of quad bike use, as Health and Safety Executive figures reveal 26 all-terrain vehicle (ATV)-related deaths since 2010.Matt McWhirter of Farmers and Mercantile Insurance Brokers (FMIB) is urging farmers to avoid “subconscious thinking” and to take extra care to ensure their safe use – or risk serious legal and ......