Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
How to tackle a problem like bovine TB? It is a question successive governments have tried and failed to answer and, as time goes on, the cost to the farming industry and the taxpayer continues to mount.
In 1865, George Goyder who was a surveyor and one of the first settlers out in south Australia, surveyed the south Australian state to produce a report and a map for the state Government which showed a line of demarcation.
On the start of my second week in Australia, myself and Carlyn Sheriff headed over to Kadina for a Grain Industry Seminar, which is a Government reported programme that Rural Directions are leading at the moment.
We are moving towards the end of October and our final winter drillings with considerable relief, although still without the scale of pre-planting weed growth we really wanted on bad grass-weed ground.
Flea beetle season began slowly; I actually thought early in August that perhaps this year we would have it easy, as the early-drilled oilseed rape went in and started to emerge and little damage was found.
We have at long last had a significant rainfall event, with just over 24mm recorded on October 14. This has improved soil conditions greatly and seems to have been a turning point from summer conditions, to autumnal ones, with a drop in temperatures and heavy morning dews.
The times they are a changin, went the song by Bob Dylan and they certainly are. The grass growth has slowed down in the garden so the mower is used a little less but we’ve been busy harvesting apples and pears and what a bumper crop they’ve been.
From what started as a persistently wet winter through to the driest summer on record, we saw all the extremes of wet and dry, cold and heat through the 2018 harvest season, yet yields were not all as disastrous as it was feared.
Patience is a virtue they say and you would think that, after such a kind summer and autumn, I would enjoy the feeling of calm starting to envelope Southesk, as seasonal colours signal the end of summer and the occasional frosty morning heralds thoughts of winter.