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SFI Pilot: Learning from the North Devon Pioneer land management plan

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Farmers Liz and Bryan, who took part in the North Devon Pioneer Test & Trial, explain how they have used land management planning as a tool for determining the future of their farm business.

SFI pilot video diary - hear from Jess and family from South Thorness Farm

YAMS 2022

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“Yorkshire’s biggest agricultural machinery show is all set to go ahead with organisers reporting a surge of tradestand bookings as further coronavirus restrictions look unlikely to happen.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) which is due to take place at York Auction Centre on Wednesday, February 2, hosts around 200 trade stands showcasing the latest in farming machinery and technology.
Founder of the day-long event, Richard Tasker said the team was very much looking forward to holding the event once again following its cancellation last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But he stressed, the safety of everyone exhibiting and attending the event was of paramount importance.
“We are aware the Covid Passport Regulations for...

Incredible Low cost Grain Drier

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Cheap way of 'storing' and drying grain !!!

New Fuel Supplier On The Way

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RABI and RSABI promote farmer resilience at OFC

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

Farming charities RABI and RSABI have stressed to the sector the importance of working together to normalise the conversation around mental health in farming at the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC).

Collaborating on a presentation for OFC 2022, the two charities are keen to encourage everyone working across agriculture to play their part to help break the stigma attached to talking about our mental wellbeing.

Collective action is needed to ensure that existing invisible barriers, which can make reaching out for support feel like a weakness rather than a strength are removed, and encourage more farming people to reach out for support before challenges become crises.

“The 2022 conference theme is ‘Routes to Resilience’, and whilst the findings...

Secretary of State Speech - George Eustice - OFC 2022

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Secretary of State Speech, George Eustice address the OFC 2022 delegation. "Today, I can also announce that we are increasing the payment rates for countryside stewardship by around 30%." Watch the announcement from the Secretary of State, George Eustice.

We need to get this Muck Out! New Grab in Action!

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It's a big day as we house all of our sheep for winter! We need to get all the muck out of the shed ready for them to come in!

Former Harper Adams University-Chancellor to be made CBE

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Written by Iain Hoey from Farm Business

Former Harper Adams University Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn, is to be made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to higher education, agriculture and rural industries. Dr Llewellyn, who retired in July 2021, features in the 2022 New Year Honours roll.

Dr Llewellyn worked at Harper Adams University for 23 years, leading the institution, first as Principal, then as Vice-Chancellor, for the latter 12 years.

Under his leadership, Harper Adams achieved University status in 2012. In 2004 he set up the Harper Adams Development Trust, raising funds for high quality learning opportunities for students and staff, personally writing bids for funding. During his tenure, scholarships grew from £17,000 to more than £500k per...

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Machinery Focus: How Valmet became Valtra – a Nordic tale

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Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland

Valmet is a name that sounds vaguely familiar to many, most are aware of it as the precursor to Valtra, but quite how the company changed from one name to other is not so commonly known.

The company had something of an identity crisis in that it had an uncertain livery and it wasn’t always clear where it originated.

Its ownership has also, apparently, been rapidly passed around various corporations in the latter part of the last century.

Embraced by AGCO​

It wasn’t until 2004 that it at last found some stability when AGCO purchased it from Kone, the latter being a conglomerate more usually associated with the production of lifts and escalators, which remains as its core business today...

Dungannon dairy sale: Atrium daughter makes top price

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Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland

Taaffe auctions held its final sale of the year recently, at Dungannon Mart, Co. Tyrone, and had 105 lots on offer.

2021 has been an exceptionally good year for the buying and selling of dairy stock, with a number of sales throughout the year highlighting this.

At some of these sales we have seen animals with good pedigree achieving high prices.

ARDS Atrium Ruth​

The Dungannon sale took place last Thursday, December 16.

Speaking to Agriland after the sale, Michael Taaffe said: “Trade was brisk at the Dungannon sale last Thursday, with Wilson and Andrew Patton’s ARDS herd taking the day’s top price of 3,100gns...

So you think you've welded in an awkward place?

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Watch this, awkward on a different level.

John Deere to Acquire Majority Ownership in Advanced Battery Company Kreisel Electric

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John Deere to Acquire Majority Ownership
in Advanced Battery Company Kreisel Electric

  • Provides Deere with the vertical integration necessary to efficiently design vehicles and powertrains around superior immersion-cooled, high-density battery technology
  • Leverages Kreisel’s battery-buffered charging technology to build out infrastructure to support global customers
  • Aligns with Deere’s electrification and sustainability goals
MOLINE, Illinois — Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire majority ownership in Kreisel Electric, Inc. (“Kreisel”), a battery technology provider based in Rainbach im Mühlkreis, Austria. Kreisel develops high-density, high-durability electric battery modules and packs. Additionally, Kreisel...

Highest untreated yield and strong disease resistance should give Lightning an edge

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Highest untreated yield and strong disease resistance should give Lightning an edge

New two-row winter barley looks another winner from the Elsoms-Ackermann stable

With a December 1st ex-farm spot price of £204/t, up from £142/t a year ago, and with a solid reputation as being one of the best entries for oilseed rape, winter barley still merits serious consideration in future rotations says John Miles, Seed Technical Manager for agronomy group Agrii.

“Winter barley still has a massive role to play in propping up the current rape area. Given the high prices achievable for OSR crops right now, growers would be wise to focus on what precedes rape in their rotations and there’s little doubt that winter barley, with its earlier harvest date, can often make a significant difference...

New Group 2 wheat ticks key sustainability boxes

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With the highest septoria resistance rating for a milling wheat Mayflower looks set for success

With the UK agricultural sector’s focus firmly fixed on sustainability, the addition of new Group 2 milling wheat Mayflower to the 2022/23 Recommended List (RL) should be of serious interest to growers and agronomists intent on sourcing new varieties suitable to a reduced fungicide programme based on RL data says Milika Buurman, Head of Wheat Breeding at Independent seed breeder Elsoms Seeds.

Milika added: “At the recent AHDB Agronomists’ Conference Chloe Morgan, Arable Crop Pathologist for ADAS, highlighted Mayflower as one of only four varieties on the RL deemed suitable for a reduced fungicide programme based on current RL data. With an excellent overall disease package, a very...

SFI pilot video diary - Charlie, Kensham Farms

Agritechnica 2022 Will not take place

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Dear Exhibitor, Partner and Visitor of AGRITECHNICA,

Over the past two years and with a great deal of energy and optimism, we have been preparing for the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural machinery in order for us all to put on a very special AGRITECHNICA 2022.

An AGRITECHNICA - with a top-flight exhibition program and innovations from all over the world - with a high-calibre technical program that explores current topics in agriculture and highlights solutions – where people from over 140 countries can finally meet up in person again to gather information, exchange viewpoints and make investments.

Unfortunately, due to the deteriorating pandemic situation in recent weeks and the resulting current official regulations, a situation has...

Agritechnica 2022 cancelled!

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Just heard that yet another show has fallen victim to Covid. The show has already been postponed . Now it’s cancelled

Lemken moves into slurry incorporation market

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Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland

Slurry application has moved forward tremendously over the past few years with the emphasis very much switching to using it as a resource rather than disposing of it as a waste product.

Even dyed in wool, tillage specialists such as Lemken are joining the movement with the company now offering what amounts to a conversion of their compact disc units to a slurry incorporation tool.

Lemken opt for Vogelsang heads​

This new product comprises a VogelSang slurry distribution head mounted on the frame of a set of Heliodor compact disc harrows.

Lemken claims that the Heliodor offers a sound basis for this type of application due to its...