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.
To many in farming, the phase natural capital is a vague one. It is generally used to refer to physical natural resources such as air, soils, water and living organisms, and the benefits they provide, such as fisheries, healthy soils and outdoor recreation.
The provision of careers advice to children has been completely revamped, disregarding some of the best loved practices many of us are familiar with. Sarah Todd takes a closer look at what this means for attracting new blood into agriculture.
With many farmers considering soil their most valuable resource, land managers can delve deeper into understanding how soils are functioning, working to unlock their potential and put more sustainable practices in place.
The new CLAAS LEXION second generation range is taking the global combine harvester market by storm. As 220 pre-production LEXION models continue to work their way around the globe, Simon Henley visits farming enterprise AWT Farm Services, Cambridgeshire, to find out more.
In Mid Wales, Myfanwy Evans is cooking up something a bit different on-farm. She runs a beef and sheep business in Snowdonia in partnership with her husband John, but has branched out to start a cookery school in a converted barn.
Misconceptions surrounding careers in agriculture continue to challenge and hamper the industry’s image. Instead of adopting a ‘one-size-fits-all’ way of communicating, a smaller more refined approach could be what we need to capture the attention of the next generation. Sarah Todd reports.
Promoting agriculture to a non-farming audience is one of the industry’s biggest challenges, not least because of the number of stereotypes still perceived by many. In the first of two reports looking at the role of agriculture in primary schools, Sarah Todd takes a closer look at the issue.
A dry summer, followed by a warm September, will give OSR growers a clearer indication of potential risks from cabbage stem flea beetle this autumn. But open autumn conditions and milder temperatures through winter will influence larvae numbers, and potential impacts on yields.
Today, Farmers Guardian, along with leading industry organisations, is proud to launch year two of our #ThisisAgriculture campaign. Over the next 12 months we will be working together to fly the flag for British agriculture and the vast career opportunities it brings, taking these messages beyond our industry and supporting the existing work already being undertaken.
Observing maize crops in early summer illustrates how decision-making earlier in the season has affected crop establishment. Site selection, drilling date and variety choice have all influenced how well the crop is now growing and in turn, will affect future yields.
Last autumn’s difficult establishment and high cabbage stem flea beetle pressure saw significant crop failure for most of the iOSR grower group. While remaining crops look healthy, what will be the impact of the losses?
Increasingly the discussion around soil testing is not about whether to do it, but why you would not do it. The Government has made it clear future subsidies will depend on farmers delivering for the public ‘good’. One measure of this will be healthy soils.
With Sclerotinia posing a potentially devastating threat to oilseed rape growers, farmers are being advised to adapt their fungicide programmes to ensure protection throughout the flowering period, and to choose products with additional benefits, such as green leaf retention.
Variety choice and good establishment are fundamental to a successful maize crop. In this new series, supported by Limagrain and Syngenta, we hear top tips on how to get the crop off to the best start.
Youngsters believe the rise of YouTube and conversation from the farmgate should be used to publicise career opportunities in the industry, while Leaf Education thinks incorporation in school subjects is the answer.
In the third article of our #ThisIsAgriculture campaign, Danusia Osiowy finds out about cultural shifts in the workplace and why the industry must understand the needs of ‘Generation Z’ if it is to prosper in the future.
An exciting study to directly compare true agronomic, economic and environmental implications of different establishment and cropping systems is beginning to provide valuable results and advice for UK growers.
Oilseed rape remains by far the favoured break crop by all the growers in the iOSR group. But, the exceptionally challenging establishment conditions in the autumn, and ongoing threat of Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle in the remaining crop, has severely tested resolve this season.
While oilseed rape crops which survived establishment have, for the most part, been growing well in benign autumn conditions, issues of dry soils and cabbage stem flea beetle damage were still top of mind for iOSR growers at their latest meeting.
Award-winning sheep and beef producer Dafydd Parry Jones has been benchmarking for more than a decade. He says it has taught him how to cut costs, be more efficient and still have time left over for his family.
When soil health qualifies for a mention at the Conservative Party conference, as it did this year, featuring in Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s speech, you can be sure it is firmly on the political agenda.
The benefits of benchmarking are often talked about, but how many farmers are actually doing it and has it helped them? Our exclusive Farmers Guardian survey, commissioned by HSBC, asked you to share your experiences.
Oilseed rape crops have recovered remarkably well from the late start to spring this season and although cautiously optimistic, iOSR growers at Cereals 2018 remain only too aware that nothing is assured until it’s safely harvested.
Increasing levels of erucic acid (EA) have been found in oilseed rape samples over recent seasons, leading to rejections from the food oil crush market for EA exceedance and concerns among iOSR growers that more seed will be rejected at intake.
Consistent yield and the ability to establish strongly in the autumn to overcome growing challenges are the qualities Staffordshire grower W.J. and A.J.W. Ryman is looking for in its oilseed rape varieties, and believes DeKalb hybrid DK Exception is certainly fitting the bill.
AHDB research has shown the duration of seed filling is precisely determined by growing day degrees (GDD) – so effectively the warmer the temperatures the quicker seed filling will shut down, while in cool conditions the period can be significantly extended.
The third article in our Maize Matters series for 2018 looks at seedbed preparation following the very poor start to the season. Whilst growers will be under pressure to prepare maize seedbeds ahead of drilling, the advice to hold off until conditions are right has never been more important.
In precision farming high resolution imagery collected using advanced cameras on unmanned aerial vehicles increases precision further and offers greater flexibility, helping farmers to manage their crops more effectively.
Uncertainty about the future is something every business in the UK is having to live with as the country approaches Brexit. For farming, as the industry looks towards a whole new support regime post-Common Agricultural Policy, the uncertainty is particularly pronounced.
For those for whom black-grass is an increasing problem, cultural controls – particularly delayed drilling, seedbed quality and seed rates – are the first priority, followed by the right combination of pre- and peri-emergence herbicides, says independent agronomist Jonathan Olver.
In the final article in this Maize Matters series, experts are optimistic about harvest prospects and reflect that fungicide applications will have produced a return on investment for many growers this year.