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Written by William Kellett from Agriland Air and water quality are of increasing concern, with regulation growing ever tighter to prevent pollution – but grants are being offered to help and farmers should take advantage of them. According to Flossy Freeman-Inglis at the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV), Nitrate Vulnerable Zone rules now apply across most of the UK, and the loss of phosphate into water has rapidly become a major concern. Livestock producers should...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland The Elwes Estate in Lincolnshire comprises 1000ha and in 2021 it took the decision to plant Miscanthus on six fields which were making a loss in the arable rotation. These fields will be showcased on a farm walk taking place on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The event is co-hosted by agricultural consultancy Active Business Partnerships (ActiveBP) and Terravesta , and runs from 9:30 – 11:30am. The farm walk will look at the 45ha of Miscanthus planted...
Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland With the dramatic increase in fertiliser costs, the spotlight has been turned on its efficient use like never before, and with that has come the realisation that despite great advances in digital technology, it is still something of a ‘hit and miss’ affair. Applying fertiliser via a liquid medium is not a new idea, spreading urea in this fashion was something of a fashion back in the 1980s, however, ready prepared compounds are now available and the...
Will this fruit-picking robot transform agriculture? Written by Jyoti Madhusoodanan from the Guardian Creating a machine that can perform the delicate work of picking an apple is tricky – and farmworkers say it could be a benefit Robots can do a lot. They build cars in factories. They sort goods in Amazon warehouses. Robotic dogs can, allegedly and a little creepily, make us safer by patrolling our streets. But there are some things robots still cannot do – things that sound quite basic...
Written by Rubina Freiberg from Agriland A proposal made by a German federal minister suggests that global food-supply shortages could be eliminated by limiting the domestic production of biofuels, the German Bioethanol Industry Association (BDBe) has said. The German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection, Steffi Lemke proposed to reduce the share of biofuels in the transport sector. The use of biofuels was already severely...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland A mecca for horsemanship, the Royal Bath & West Show is set to welcome the finest of judges and competitors from across the UK for three days of competition and Jubilee celebration. A large variety of horses can be seen at the show, said chairman of horses, Jane Cooper. “It’s a major event in the equestrian calendar and it’s wonderful for the show to be returning with schedules that truly celebrate the horse.” Competition will be strong, with...
Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26). This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves. The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and...
Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been appointed to carry out an external and independent review of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs’ (DAERA’s) handling of concerns raised by former department vet Dr. Tamara Bronckaers. The two-part review has been jointly commissioned by the head of Civil Service, Jayne Brady, DAERA permanent secretary Katrina Godfrey and Department of Finance (DoF) permanent secretary Neil Gibson. It...
Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland First seen at the Balmoral show, Kramer has released further details of its most recent model, the KT 144, which comes with a choice of engine. The latest machine is described as an ultra-compact telescopic handler with a height of less than 2m and a width of 1.6m. Stacking to 4.5m The KT144 is the smallest model in the Kramer telehandler range. However, the pallet fork offers a stacking payload of 1450kg and a lift height of around 4.5m. Entry...
Written by Matt Hopkins from Precision Ag He most recently worked at Kuhn North America as Senior Product Manager. The post Ben Craker to Join AgGateway as Portfolio Manager appeared first on PrecisionAg. Continue reading on the Precision Ag Website...
Local Nature Recovery in 2022 Written by Robert Munroe Local Nature Recovery is the improved and more ambitious successor to the Countryside Stewardship scheme in England. It will pay for locally-targeted actions to make space for nature in the farmed landscape and the wider countryside, alongside food production. These could be done, for example, on parts of the farm that are not suitable for production, less productive or difficult to work. Farmers will be able to have agreements...
6 months on: How the pilot is shaping the Sustainable Farming Incentive Written by The Team Photograph by Alison Day In November, we started to offer agreements to farmers taking part in the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.  We now have 873 farmers with agreements in the pilot, helping us to learn and make sure that the scheme works for farmers. In this post, we'll share an overview of the things we’ve learned over the past 6 months and how we’re incorporating them into the design...
How we designed the Sustainable Farming Incentive Standards Written by Jonathan Marsden Photograph by Alison Day As a farmer, I am only too aware of the financial pressures which force farmers to make short-term decisions to address an immediate need. This isn’t always ideal for the environment and the sustainability of farming in the longer term. The marketplace is very good at driving the efficient production of high-quality grain, meat, milk and vegetables for today and tomorrow...
Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine Results from YEN Nutrition shows that over 80% of crops submitted have nutritional concerns, as ADAS warns that farmers can no longer afford ‘guesstimate’ crop nutrition. With fertiliser prices remaining high, and grain prices still rising, crop physiologists at ADAS are urging farmers to measure their fertiliser performance with grain analysis and benchmarking. Crops primarily require nutrients through April and May when leaf canopies are...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Rothamsted Research has confirmed that it has sown seed of genetically edited (GE) Camelina sativa, a member of the brassica family, just weeks after regulations for scientific field trials were eased. Using a seed drill specifically designed for the relatively small seed numbers used in field trial work, the plot was prepared and seeded in just a few hours. However, the big difference was the time saved in applying for permission to conduct the...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has published a new blueprint, designed to simplify international trade in live animals and animal products from Britain. The association has set out a series of recommendations for decision makers in both the UK and EU, which is – it is believed – aimed at simplifying processes. The position paper considers a number of key areas such as: making better use of veterinary workforce capacity; exploring a...
Britain is paving the way for gene-edited food – will the public stomach it? Written by Hannah Devlin Science correspondent from the Guardian Twenty years ago, the anti-GM movement had wide backing. Experts say the current mood on gene editing is softer At the height of the anti-GM movement, in 1999, the late head of Greenpeace, Peter Melchett, was charged with theft and criminal damage after scything down a field of genetically modified maize. In a decisive victory for the anti-GM...
Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland Farmers that use professional Plant Protection Products (PPPs) and adjuvants are being reminded that the deadline to register their details on a new government database is less than a month away. Under new rules, those using PPPs and adjuvants must register, under The Official Controls (Plant Protection Products) Regulations 2020, by June 22. The new rules require any business in the farming, amenity and forestry sectors which uses professional...
Written by Michael Geary from Agriland 16% of New Zealand lamb went to the European Union (EU) in the first quarter of 2021-2022, according to the New Zealand beef and lamb mid-season update. The report said that export prices for lamb from the UK and EU-27 was also particularly strong in the first quarter. This reflects lower domestic lamb supply in both regions and restocking of inventories following the significant disruption of Covid-19. The demand pull from China and the US also...
Written by Matt Hopkins from Precision Ag Roadmap includes formation of commercial unmanned farms operated by advanced machines by the end of the 14th Five-Year Plan period. The post China Releases First Technology Roadmap for Intelligent Agricultural Machinery appeared first on PrecisionAg. Continue reading on the Precision Ag Website...

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