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.
A good inch of mid-August rain in most places – and quite a lot more in some – caused a hiccup as we neared the end of harvest. But it has been just what we needed for oilseed rape sowing and autumn stubble management, as well as cover crop establishment and potato desiccation.
In 1976 I’m told the weather broke about now, August bank holiday weekend and then it didn’t stop raining until winter. Legend has it that potatoes were planted in snow and lifted in snow - but I’m told they were well worth the effort and should be this year too.
Organic Arable has just Tweeted that one of our producer members is combining Mascani at seven tonnes/hectare. Add that to this season’s low moisture readings and it is a very satisfying yield – and a hard act to follow.
Nuffield Scholar, Sarah Hughes, talks to us about her interest in vertical farming. Currently in the midst of travelling the world to see what kind of impact it can have on the industry, she tells us what she’s learnt.
Last month, the European Commission submitted new proposals to a Standing Committee of Plants, Animals, Food and Feed in Brussels to ban all outdoor uses of neonicotinoid seed treatments in non-bee attractive crops, such as wheat, barley, sugar beet and vegetables.