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    After a cool October we have gone into a warm November and early December with crops powering through their growth stages. Crop development is looking very good, but blow, by golly the wind just won’t stop. In Canterbury we get a Foehn Effect wind that blows up and over the Southern Alps and becomes a […]

    The post Farmer Focus: Gusty winds playing havoc with irrigation appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Cabbage stem flea beetle has changed the way that oilseed rape is perceived and after another very challenging year, it’s easy to understand why the crop has been getting such a bad press.   All the experts agree – there is no silver bullet. But attention to detail, wider rotations and earlier drilling dates have […]

    The post Expert and farmer tips for growing OSR in a flea beetle era appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Plans to curb agricultural pollution by making the whole of Wales a nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) could be scaled back. A “whole-territory” approach, which looked set to be introduced on 1 January 2020, has been fiercely opposed by farming unions and farmers. Now, in a surprise move, that deadline has shifted and Welsh rural affairs […]

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    Time is running out for eligible farmers and crofters to apply to the Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme, NFU Scotland has warned. The deadline for applications is 31 December 2019 and union officials are urging farmers to apply for funding as soon as possible. The scheme is open to specialist beef producers and has an […]

    The post Deadline looms for Scottish suckler headage payment scheme appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Police in Dorset have issued a fresh warning following a spate of tractor GPS (global positioning system) thefts. Dorset Police’s rural crime team said thefts of John Deere satellite systems are “on the rise again”. A number of thefts in other counties in the South West have also been reported during the past week. See […]

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    It’s funny to think that when I first started a bit of pheasant shooting, if you dared to produce one of those new-fangled mobile telephones you risked being in serious trouble. The countryside was awash with rural myths of keepers grabbing the phone from the user – no matter how high-powered or well-connected he/she was […]

    The post Flindt on Friday: Mobile etiquette suspended for SFP news appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Industry leaders have called on the new government to put in place policies that enable British farmers to reach their full potential – and recognise the importance of UK agriculture. The general election outcome is set to determine the framework within which farmers must operate – including the UK’s approach to international trade, food standards, […]

    The post Election 2019: Industry leaders stress farming priorities appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Our breeding performance is still under par. Average numbers born alive are being dragged down by gilts, second parities and purebreds, and younger animals have a high number of wasted days due to breeding failure.  Our Landrace herd is only averaging 13.5 born alive with landrace gilts scraping 12.6. Landrace litters a sow a year […]

    The post Farmer Focus: Landrace goes in bid to simplify herd breeding appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Farmers with a significant blackgrass problem should stick with spring barley this season, as the crop – when managed correctly – offers the best way to keep on top of any spring-emerging blackgrass. The wet autumn means many growers face an unplanned increase in their spring cropping area, with a number of crops such as […]

    The post How to keep on top of spring-germinating blackgrass appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Seen as a well-informed strategy by some, a misguided experiment by others; more than two years after the Welsh government rolled out its new policy for eradicating TB, it continues to divide opinion. Recent figures show that its approach has resulted in a record 12,799 cattle being slaughtered in Wales in the 12 months to […]

    The post Counting the cost of bovine TB in Wales appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    The 2019 land market across the West Midlands has closely mirrored that of the national picture, according to agents working in the region. As of September this year, the area had seen just 4,000 acres launched, down nearly 70% on 2018’s 12,200 acres. This decrease is also reflected in the number of farms brought to […]

    The post Land in your area: West Midlands appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    When you woke up this morning (Friday, 13 December) and switched on the news were you delirious or disappointed? Or were you, like many, I suspect, apathetic? Three-and-a-half years of repetitive bickering has induced intense boredom in politics, which is a real pity because, whichever way yesterday’s general election went (and this is being written […]

    The post Opinion: Will new MPs remember the plight of farmers? appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Manitou has owned the Gehl and Mustang compact loader brands for more than a decade, but has only recently made the decision to start selling these machines in its own livery. The change has seriously bulked out the bottom end of Manitou’s product range, but the fact that many of these machines are very compact […]

    The post First drive: Manitou MLA-T 516 pivot-steer appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Dairy farming in the US has become synonymous with the words “mega-dairy”. While the scale of US dairy farms bears little resemblance to UK operations, there are some striking similarities and many of the challenges facing the UK dairy sector are also issues for US producers. Our livestock editor, Rhian Price, was invited by World […]

    The post 6 things I learned from visiting US ‘mega-dairies’ appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Asda has increased the proportion of British pork and bacon on its shelves, according to the latest AHDB Porkwatch survey. The survey compared the amount of British-produced pigmeat available in supermarkets during November with the levels in September and at the same stage last year. It found 53% of the fresh pork in Asda stores […]

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    Boris Johnson’s Conservatives secured a landslide victory over Labour in the general election – and the PM vowed to get Brexit done – “no ifs, no buts”. After months of deadlock over the issue, which has divided the country, Mr Johnson said his party had been given a “powerful” mandate to take the country out of […]

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    Farm leaders and rural economists have welcomed the clarity a landslide Conservative election victory has given to the Brexit debate. Boris Johnson’s resounding election win has given his government a powerful mandate to fulfil his election promise to take the UK out of the EU on 31 January 2020. The prime minister will hope to […]

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    Fines totalling £20,000 have been handed to a farmer and a building contractor for serious safety failings. A 23-year-old worker suffered multiple injuries after a metal panel fell on him. Antrim Crown Court heard the worker was helping preparations for the construction of a concrete reinforced wall at the farm of Richard McClure, in Coleraine, […]

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    Farmers in Devon have less than a week to apply for grant funding to support positive land management and help improve local water quality. The application window for the €4m grant scheme closes on 20 December. It is administered by environment charity, the Westcountry Rivers Trust (WRT) and covers the river Lyd catchment. See also: […]

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    Christmas sales have continued to buoy primestock averages, helping lift the trade above last year’s levels. Liveweight steers rocketed 20p/kg to end the first week of December at 203p/kg, the first time weekly steer averages have hit 200p/kg or more this year. Heifers saw a similar lift to sit at 213p/kg and bulls hit an […]

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    Kverneland has increased its seed-and-fertiliser drill range with its updated power harrow-mounted E-drill. The model has been available in a single-hopper format for the past four years, but the firm is now offering the 2,100-litre seed compartment in either 60:40 or 70:30 split configurations. See also: Kverneland reveals new mounted and semi-mounted plough ranges In the […]

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    Progress with field work has been very slow over the past month, cropping has now been switched around to include spring beans, more spring wheat and spring barley. I’ll still try to drill Skyfall winter wheat up to the end of February, but only if conditions are reasonable. It has been a tough slog to […]

    The post Farmer Focus: Forced crop change sees return of the plough appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Traditionally there’s been a hard separation between the disciplines of agriculture, horticulture and forestry. You focus on one and you don’t mix. This mindset has been reinforced by the Common Agricultural Policy and the lack of clarity over whether grants may be lost as a result of introducing trees on to land used for agriculture. […]

    The post Opinion: Agroforestry – an essential part of future farming appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    Global milk production is continuing to rise, with the latest forecasts suggesting a 1% increase in 2020, according to AHDB Dairy. This would bring worldwide milk production to 292.5bn litres – 2.9bn litres higher than the figure estimated for 2019 production, said AHDB analyst Jennie Tanner. The figure takes into account a dip in production […]

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    Farmers with a penchant for simple, high-horsepower tractors might like the look of Rostselmash’s 2400 artic steer, which is effectively a rebadged previous-generation Versatile. It runs a Cummins X12 six-cylinder that generates a maximum power of 439hp. See also: What to look for when buying a used high-hp four-cylinder tractor Things are kept simple in the […]

    The post Rostselmash’s monster artic tractor meets emissions regs appeared first on Farmers Weekly


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    With Christmas fast approaching, the Farmers Weekly Machinery team hit the road to deliver ride-on tractors to children’s charities across the country. Special thanks goes to Massey Ferguson, New Holland, Fendt, John Deere and JCB for their generous support. See also: When, how and why farming charities Rabi and FCN can help you Sebastian’s Action […]

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