1. Agriland RSS
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    May 24, 2019 at 8:12 PM

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    Just like St. Patrick’s Day marks the ideal spring barley sowing season here in the UK and Ireland, many US farmers aim to have corn (maize) planted by May 20.

    After this, yield is expected to be hit and as a result farmers often turn to soybeans.

    AgriLand has been keeping a close eye on US corn plantings in our grain price reports and farmers around the globe will watch plantings with a keen eye.

    Looking at the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) crop progress reports – which tell the story of US crops over the growing season – as of May 19 corn planting had increased somewhat since May 12, but was still 31% behind the overall five-year average of 80% for the time of year.

    92% of US corn was produced in 18 states in 2018 and 49% of corn had been planted in these states as of May 19 this year. That’s compared to 78% at the same time last year.

    Some states, like North Dakota, have been hit hard by snow and heavy rain and plantings are below average as a result.

    Plantings were at just 9% in North Dakota as of May 19 as heavy snow continued to fall in the state last week. That is an increase of just 5% from May 12 and is 53% behind the five-year average for the state – which is 62%.

    Some US states with low corn plantings as of...
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    May 24, 2019 at 8:12 PM

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    McKeever Tractors has been appointed as a McCormick dealer for Co. Antrim.

    The dealership, based at Portglenone near Ballymena, will “draw on past experience of McCormick products to support existing owners of the tractors, while focusing exclusively on McCormick for future sales”.

    Managing director Thomas McKeever says he is very happy to be handling McCormick again.


    He explained: “We have customers operating these tractors. Our mechanics know the tractors and are confident working on them. We know the tractors perform well and are reliable.

    We’ll be supporting McCormick users old and new with a stock of parts for the entire range – from 2002 models onwards to the current machines.

    Ben Agar, sales director for the UK and Ireland at McCormick manufacturer Argo Tractors, added his comments, saying: “Thomas McKeever and his team have a great opportunity to develop their business through this franchise.


    “In recent years, we have seen major investments by Argo in the products and its manufacturing facilities. There has also been...
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    May 24, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    The UK’s farming bodies have warned May’s resignation means yet more uncertainty and a return to the possibility of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit for rural businesses.

    Others, however, hoped it would make the revocation of Article 50 more likely.

    Speaking this morning from Downing Street, May said it had been the “greatest honour of her life” to have served as the second female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and added that she would not be the last woman to hold the post.

    “Ever since I first stepped through the door behind me as PM I have striven to make the UK a country that works – not just for a privileged few but for everyone – and to honour the result of the referendum,” she said.

    I negotiated the terms of our exit [from the EU] and I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal – sadly I have not been able to do so.

    “It is now clear to me that it is in the best interest of the country for a new Prime Minister to lead that effort.”

    ‘The October 31 deadline remains’

    May will resign as Conservative leader on Friday, June 7 with the process of electing a new Prime Minister set to being next week.

    However, several of the UK’s most prominent farming bodies warned a rocky path remained ahead.

    Tim Breitmeyer, president of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), said: “For many, this...
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    May 24, 2019 at 11:22 AM

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    The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has today, Friday, May 24, announced that she will resign from her role as the leader of the Conservative Party.

    May will step down from her position on Friday, June 7.

    Mays lack of progress on delivering a workable Brexit deal has been central to her decision.

    PM @Theresa_May makes a statement in Downing Street https://t.co/eg4ElQMXVR

    — UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) May 24, 2019

    Speaking just after 10:00am this morning – outside 10 Downing Street in London – May said: “Ever since I first stepped through the door behind me as PM I have striven to make the UK work; not just for a privileged few but for everyone and to honour the result of the referendum.

    I negotiated the terms of our exit [from the EU] and I have done everything I can to convince MPs to back that deal and sadly I have not been able to do so.

    Continuing her emotive speech a tearful May said: “It is now clear to me that it is in the best interest of the UK for a new prime minister to lead that effort.

    “I am today announcing that I will resign as Conservative leader on Friday, June 7.”

    May added that she has agreed with the party...
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    May 24, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Written by Jim Breen

    According to Dutch publication Mechaman.nl, Case IH is faced with the prospect of having to rename its recently launched Versum CVXDrive tractors – at least in some markets.

    The report suggests that the change is needed because the ‘Versum’ product name is already in use by another manufacturer, though the identity of that manufacturer has not yet been revealed.

    Backing up the voracity of the report is the apparent removal of any reference to the ‘Versum’ product name on Case IH’s official website.

    However, it must be stressed that we have not received any official confirmation of this from the company itself.

    For the record, Case IH first unveiled its Versum CVXDrive tractors at February’s SIMA show in Paris, France. This line-up consists of four models (circa 100-130hp). AgriLand’s own Breifne O’Brien took these shots.


    Key features of these tractors are, as the title suggests, their stepless transmissions and, also, Stage 5 compliant FPT (four-cylinder; 4.5L) engines.

    Not surprisingly, the Versum CVXDrive is broadly similar to the recently introduced T5 Auto Command line-up from sister brand New Holland (and similar...
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    May 24, 2019 at 8:12 AM

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    Eight new varieties of ryegrass and one red and one white clover have been added to the 2019-2020 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists (RGCL).

    Only grasses and clovers that have undergone at least four years of independent testing are included in the lists.

    Varieties are rigorously tested for factors such as total and seasonal yield, feed quality, disease and persistence before making the Recommended Lists.

    Siwan Howatson, AHDB dairy scientist, said: “The lists are an invaluable resource for grassland farmers, enabling them to select varieties that will perform well in a particular system.

    “When thinking about reseeding, the Recommended Grass and Clover Lists should be used to check that the varieties being selected are on the lists and are the best available, helping farmers make informed decisions alongside their seed merchants about the ones that best meet their needs.”

    Updates for 2019

    In addition to providing information on the varieties, the Recommended Grass and Clover Lists also includes a range of technical information for farmers on how they can manage their reseed and maximise the productivity of their grassland.

    The 2019-2020 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists handbook and the full lists for merchants is now available to download from the AHDB and...
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    May 24, 2019 at 7:12 AM

    Media watchdog has beef with ABC over Catalyst program

    Written by Amanda Meade

    Authority finds science show breached impartiality standards in its portrayal of the beef industry as harmful to the environment

    The media watchdog has found the ABC science program, Catalyst, breached editorial standards for impartiality in its presentation of the beef industry as harmful to the environment.

    Meat & Livestock Australia complained to the ABC last year that the program was unfair to the beef industry and insects were promoted as an alternative source to cattle. But an internal investigation found the program met editorial standards.

    Related: From Murdoch man to ABC insider: an offer too good for David Speers to refuse | The Weekly Beast

    Related: Australian farmers body says Roundup cancer ruling is 'in blatant ignorance' of science

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    May 24, 2019 at 5:02 AM

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    Wales’ pig industry is moving towards a larger number of smaller herds, according to an industry update.

    Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has used this week’s Royal Welsh Smallholding and Countryside Festival in Builth Wells to engage with Welsh pork producers and give an update on the state of the pig industry.

    In June 2007 there were a total of 959 holdings with pigs, with each herd averaging 25 animals.

    10 years later, the figure was up by almost 500 to 1395 holdings. However, the average herd size had dropped to just 18 pigs.

    The latest figures show that the numbers of pigs in Wales, while dwarfed by sheep and cattle numbers, is stable at around 23,000.

    HCC meat quality executive, Dr. Eleri Price, explained that the picture of the Welsh pork industry is changing, and the sector has a number of important strengths which meet the demands of discerning consumers.

    This steady total, however, hides underlying trends. Behind the headline figure there was a small decrease in the breeding herd (3,800 to 3,400 in the same period) and a corresponding increase in numbers of fattening pigs (19,400 to 19,800).

    “Increasingly, the Welsh pig industry is made up of small-scale units, many of whom specialise in rare breeds and non-intensive production,” she said.

    The majority of pork produced in Wales is thus a premium product, and...​
  9. Chanelle News
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    May 23, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    At Chanelle Animal Health we're delighted to bring our new anti-coccidial to market in the UK. It's called Dycoxan and it contains diclazuril, which is licenced for the prevention of coccidiosis in lambs and calves. It has zero meat withdrawal. Contact your local Animal Health Distributer for more information.
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    May 23, 2019 at 5:12 PM

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    Robotic vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers are already here, but can the same technology be applied to a 7t machine that clears snow from an airstrip?

    To answer this rather odd question, Valtra and Nokian Tyres partnered up with three other Finnish companies in March for a joint ‘proof-of-concept’ project at the EU’s northern-most airport.

    Two Valtra T254 Versu tractors, equipped with Nokian Hakkapeliitta TRI tyres and each pulling a 4.5m-wide sweeper/blower, autonomously cleared the runway at Ivalo airport in Finnish Lapland.

    Winters in Finland can be long; some parts of the country are covered in snow for up to 200 days per year.

    “As an airport operator we need to create summer conditions on Finnish runways, even if it’s the middle of the winter. To meet this challenge we are constantly searching for new solutions that support our world-class snow-how,” explained Henri Hansson, technical director of Finavia – the organisation responsible for maintaining the majority of Finnish airports.


    This is how the idea for project ‘Runway Snowbot’ came into being. The project involves Valtra, Nokian Tyres, airport sweeper/blower manufacturer Vammas (Fortbrand) and others....