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Blowfly risk rises to ‘medium’ in some regions

19th May 2020
The risk of blowfly strike has now risen to 'medium' in parts of southern and central England, according to real-time updates produced by Elanco and the National Animal Disease Information Service (Nadis).Zoology professor and ectoparasite specialist Richard Wall, who compiles the Blowfly Risk Alerts, says: “As a result of recent warmer weather, the blowfly strike risk has now started to ri......

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust gives £739,000 of support to local communities

18th May 2020
Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week and, with a survey of NFU Mutual customers showing that nearly three quarters of people are feeling more isolated since the UK went into lockdown, it’s a crucial time for support to be available.However, the cancellation of fundraising events means that many charities are facing a funding gap, impacting their ability to provide vital ser......

National agronomy R&D network goes virtual

16th May 2020
Growers across the country will be able to access their most relevant local trial findings, variety intelligence and cropping improvement advice from the UK’s most extensive agronomy research and demonstration network without leaving their farms this summer, thanks to the virtual 2020 events programme developed by Agrii.Replacing the popular June and July open days and visits held at the co......

UK farmers dismayed after Ag Bill amendment rejected

15th May 2020
Despite the government’s commitment to protect British farming and food standards, MPs have voted to reject an amendment to the Agriculture Bill, which would have prevented lower-standard food imports.The amendment, which was tabled by Neil Parish, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, was rejected with 328 votes against, to 277 votes in favour.Numerous farming and......

British strawberry season commences early

15th May 2020
British strawberry growers are excited to announce that the much-anticipated British strawberry season is now here. Warmer and sunnier April weather has meant that the season has started around a week earlier this year and strawberry lovers can now buy their favourite British fruit in supermarkets (in-store and online) around the country.Many social events might be off the calendar this sum......

Unlocking income opportunities on your farm

14th May 2020
In these times of uncertainty with the implications of Brexit, subsidy withdrawal and the yet-to-be-realised global consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, challenges within the agricultural sector seem more testing than ever. So it comes to no surprise that according to recently released DEFRA statistics, 65% of farmers have undertaken diversification in some form to generate support income. ......

MPs urged to speak up for food and farming during crucial Agriculture Bill debate

13th May 2020
The NFU has convened a huge coalition of farming, environmental and animal welfare organisations to write to all 650 MPs and urge them to ensure the new Agriculture Bill includes vital safeguards which ensures the food we import in any potential trade deals meet the same high standards of animal welfare and environmental protection as is expected of UK food producers.The Bill returns for it......

Comprehensive safety measures unveiled as JCB production resumes

12th May 2020
JCB today (12th May) announced a partial re-starting of production at five of its UK factories as a comprehensive package of safety measures is rolled out to protect employees in the wake of the Coronavirus crisis.British production lines fell silent on 18th March and the vast majority of JCB’s 6,500 UK employees have been furloughed since April. Today JCB has confirmed that low levels of p......

Cover crop costs calculated by AHDB research

11th May 2020
Cover crop strategies – designed to protect margins, capitalise on farm payments and maximise environmental benefits – are essential, according to AHDB-funded research.The ADAS-led research highlighted the short-term gross margin effects of including cover......

Welsh farmers join forces to deliver food message to the public

11th May 2020
More than 50 NFU Cymru members have united in a defiant video message declaring their commitment to continuing to feed the nation throughout the Coronavirus outbreak and beyond.The video features farmers from across Wales outlining the work they do to keep high quality, sustainable and delicious food on the plate of the British consumer.NFU Cymru President John Davies, who features in t......

New folding forks boost loader productivity

9th May 2020
Hydraulic-folding forks designed for shifting large quantities of forage and similar materials were launched earlier this year to further boost the productivity of JCB’s highest-output wheeled loaders, especially when working on silage clamps.

The heavy-duty Folding Grass Fork comes in two sizes with increased load volume capacity at 5.50m for the JCB 419S and 6.70m for the JCB 4......

How to grow a 5t/ha combinable pea crop

8th May 2020
Growing demand, exciting new uses and development of high consistency genetics, mean combinable peas have much to offer UK growers – but just how easy is it to include them in arable rotations?

If you can make a reasonable fist of growing wheat, you should be able to produce a pro table crop of combinable peas, believes Oxfordshire grower David Passmore. With a y......

Farm asks children for rainbows to raise money for NHS

7th May 2020
Suffolk farmer Sophie Clayton is asking children to send in rainbow drawings to create a wrap for the farm’s new combine harvester, with £1 being donated to the NHS for every acre combined.Christmas Hill Farm at Lakenheath in Suffolk said they wanted to do something special to take note of the NHS workers who are out protecting and saving lives.A Read more

Dairy industry unites to launch £1m consumer campaign

6th May 2020
The UK dairy sector in partnership with Government has today announced a new joint-funded campaign to highlight the importance of ‘human connections’ during the current coronavirus crisis.The £1 million promotional campaign taps into the need for personal moments during lockdown – highlighting the role fresh milk and dairy plays in these challenging times.AHDB and Dairy UK are joining f......

Farmers urged to take advantage of Countryside Stewardship Scheme

6th May 2020
As farmers and landowners have just weeks to request an application pack for the Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme, Charity Shaw, of Fisher German, explains how it can provide favourable returns.The Countryside Stewardship Scheme gives incentives for farmers and landowners to look after and enhance their environment, with the aim of protecting it for future generation......

Vegetable box sales increase by 111% in six weeks

5th May 2020
A new report from the Food Foundation reveals that veg box schemes across the UK have doubled the number of boxes sold weekly as a result of coronavirus.Data gathered via online and phone surveys of 101 UK veg box schemes by the Food Foundation, the Banc CSA Network UK and Better Food Traders, shows that weekly sales of veg boxes have increased by 111% in the six weeks between the end of Fe......

Farmers to showcase the industry in LEAF Online Farm Sunday

4th May 2020
With farm visits on hold and LEAF Open Farm Sunday postponed to September, the organisers have announced they are running their very first LEAF Online Farm Sunday. On Sunday 7th June, farmers......

NFU Mutual launches free health and safety service to help farmers

3rd May 2020
Leading rural insurer NFU Mutual has launched a free Coronavirus safety service to help farmers through one of the most challenging harvests since the Second World War.The insurer has put together an 85-strong virtual field force of farm health and safety experts to provide the information farmers need to protect themselves and farm workers from COVID-19 through the busiest period in the fa......

Local hospitals ‘a good customer’ for dairy farmers

1st May 2020
Alexia Robinson, founder of Love British Food, is heading up an innovative matchmaking service to help hospitals source local milk for their patients, potentially creating a robust supply chain for dairy farmers.Love British Food, the leading national promoter of British food, is using its network of connections to link up local hospitals looking to source produce, with farmers in the area ......

AGCO/Fendt is restarting the production this week

30th April 2020
Temporary shutdown assembly lines are restarting this week at the German AGCO locations Marktoberdorf, Asbach-Bäumenheim, Waldstetten and Hohenmölsen.

Important suppliers in Europe and worldwide are now delivering parts again on schedule and reliably after an interruption of several weeks due to coronavirus. After intensive discussions between the management, works council, compa......

Three inspiring farmers win the use of New Holland machines for a year

29th April 2020
The three winners of the “Up to Speed” scheme run by New Holland and The Prince’s Countryside Fund have been announced. Donald MacSween, Rob David, and Abbi Mason have each won the use of a New Holland machine for a year – a Telehandler, a T6 tractor, and a Boomer 40 compact tractor.The scheme provides cutting-edge machinery to young people, new entrants, or those who will make a difference......

BASF innovation offer to reach new heights

28th April 2020
BASF has announced their new 2020 innovation offer, inviting farmers to scan their cans to be in with a chance of winning a DJI Mavic 2 Pro drone with full training to Civil Aviation Authority standards.Powered by a 12-megapixel sensor, DJI’s flagship drone offers dynamic shots from wide angle to mid-range, allowing film and images to be captured at heights of up to 500m. With an autofocuse......

Lincolnshire machinery dealer joins the Case IH dealership network

27th April 2020
Case IH has today (27th April) announced that Lincolnshire-based Sharmans Agricultural Limited has been appointed as Case IH dealers. The family-run machinery dealership has a head office in Grantham, Lincolnshire and operates four further depots in Nottinghamshire (Lowdham), Lincolnshire (Stamford), Leicestershire (Melton Mowbray) and Northamptonshire (Pytchley, Kettering).

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Micronutrients are more important than ever for resilient spring crops

25th April 2020
A robust micronutrient management programme is vital for spring crops, but this year it’s even more important than usual. Following a miserable winter and dry beginning to spring, micronutrients will play a vital role in ensuring a resilient spring cereal crop – especially as recent data has shown high rates of deficiency.“We’ve seen more drilling of spring cereals this year to replace wint......