1. Agriland RSS
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    Mar 22, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Written by Jim Breen

    Kubota Corporation notched up revenues of ¥1,850 billion (€14.7 billion) in 2018. This was up by 5.7% compared with 2017.

    Operating profit amounted to ¥189 billion (€1.52 billion). This was up by 5.3% compared with 2017.

    For this year (2019), the company forecasts that revenue will be up 6.5% (and that operating profit will be up 5.6%).


    The so-called ‘Farm & Industrial Machinery’ division (comprising of farm equipment, agricultural‐related products, engines and construction machinery) accounted for over 80% of overall revenue.

    About 20% of sales within this division are in Japan – Kubota Corporation’s home market. The remaining 80% accrue from overseas markets.


    Commenting on these overseas markets, a spokesperson explained: “In North America, sales of tractors increased due to continuous expansion of demand. Sales of utility vehicles increased, thanks to newly-introduced models. In addition, sales of construction machinery and engines also increased due to solid demand.

    In Europe, sales of construction machinery and engines increased...​
  2. AHDB Podcast RSS
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    Mar 22, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    41: Resource Efficiency: Maximising the use of home-grown forage

    Written by AHDB

    Feed forage is one of the biggest cost for British farmers, accounting for 33% of total cost of production. Maximising home-grown forage and reducing the cost remains to be the biggest driver for farm profitability.

    AHDB's Siwan Howaston brings us this final EuroDairy podcast, focusing on resource efficiency and asking the question; how farmers can maximise their use of home-grown forage?

    Although the EuroDairy network has now come to an end, you can still make use of the valuable research and information from dairy farmers across Europe by going to eurodairy.eu.

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  3. CPM RSS
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    Mar 22, 2019 at 7:32 AM

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    Download PDF One of the hardest things to predict in crop nutrition is the quantity of nutrients in the soil available for uptake by the crop. CPM talks to a soil scientist who believes he’s developed a system which enables a more finely-tuned approach to feeding the crop’s potential. The analyses behind RB209 aren’t sufficient to predict accurate fertiliser needs. By Lucy de la Pasture As the major R&D institutes concentrate more and more on molecular research programmes, much of the applied research is being carried out by innovative growers and entrepreneurial scientists in on-farm trials. It marks a sea change from the way things used to done, with trials data obtained from real commercial situations which enables fast transfer of technology into actual practice, says Simon Fox, soil scientist and founder of Emerald Research, based in Glos. Simon Fox says the system uses RB209 as a guide to the amount of base fertiliser, but overlays this with output from the OptiYield model. One of the puzzles facing agronomists is how to meet the crop’s nutritional needs and get the most benefit from using biostimulant products. While their potential is exciting, deciding how and when to use them is proving…
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  4. CPM RSS
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    Mar 22, 2019 at 7:22 AM

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    Download PDF It’s time to look elsewhere as the EU Commission finally calls time on diquat. CPM finds out how contact pre-emergence weed control strategies may adapt. This must be the year to actively try new systems. By Lucy de la Pasture and Rob Jones For most UK potato growers and their advisers, including Monmouthshire-based agronomist Juliet Anderson, there was probably a sense of déjà vu following last Oct’s announcement confirming diquat wouldn’t be renewed. “It seems to have been an open industry secret for the past two years that diquat would go the same way as paraquat and linuron, so now that we have closure, we can at least move on to look at alternative strategies for early weed control and address the potentially bigger headache of desiccation without diquat,” she says. Timing of pre-emergence contact herbicides will need to be more focused to avoid causing crop damage. With just over 20 years’ field experience as an agronomist, Juliet advises on 600ha of potatoes across Herefords and Glos, most of which are destined for the crisping and chipping markets. It’s a very challenging geographical area, where much of the rented land for potato production is sourced from livestock farmers,…
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  5. Agriland RSS
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    Mar 22, 2019 at 5:12 AM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    Almost two-fifths (39%) of fruit and vegetables grown in the UK is now produced by LEAF Marque certified businesses – up from 25% just four years ago – according to the assurance scheme’s latest figures.

    This week, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has released its seventh Global Impacts Report – ‘Delivering More Sustainable Food and Farming’.

    It shows worldwide, a total of 973 farming businesses, representing 375,679ha of crops in 27 countries are now part of the environmental assurance system.

    The report highlights the impressive progress delivered by certified businesses across the globe in delivering more sustainable farming.

    It also outlines LEAF’s plans for the future, including targets to strengthen its offer in the livestock sector, broaden its global reach and continue to invest in enhancing management tools, training and services for LEAF Marque growers.

    Tom Green, LEAF Marque chairman said: “LEAF Marque is now in its 16th year and has grown to become one of the world’s leading environmental assurance systems, providing a robust, independent, third-party mechanism to recognise and reward sustainable farming practice in the market place.

    “Our work is vital in addressing global challenges on climate change.

    As we face possible exit from the European Union, with much attention focussed on the nature of trading relationships...​
  6. Farm Business RSS
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    Mar 22, 2019 at 4:12 AM

    Written by JohnSwire

    Three Innovation Fellows have been appointed, including two at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC), to undertake studies aimed at producing new diagnostic tools for infectious diseases. These fellowship appointments are sponsored by The Bloomsbury SET (standing for ‘Science, Economics and Technology’) – a £5 million research programme funded by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund to deliver on the objectives of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy.

    The Bloomsbury SET adopts a One Health approach to the development of new vaccines, diagnostic tools and mathematical models to combat infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Fellows are encouraged to turn scientific research into practical tools with real world applications. Bloomsbury SET supports the early career researchers through both tailored guidance and grant funding. It is hoped their work will be used to develop tangible improvements to the welfare of humans and animals.

    The three Fellows and their project titles are:

    • Dr Laura Buggiotti (RVC) – ‘Mining RNA unmapped reads: developing a fast-diagnostic tool for infectious disease in cattle’ (Grant value: £302,878)
    • Dr Ben Swift (RVC) – ‘Bacteriophage technology: rapid point-of-care detection and antibiotic resistance profiling of tuberculosis infections’ (Grant value: £346,124)
    • Dr Kevin Tetteh (London School of...
  7. Farm Business RSS
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    Mar 22, 2019 at 4:12 AM

    Written by JohnSwire

    John Deere is now offering a new PIN code locking system to help deter the theft of valuable GreenStar in-cab displays and StarFire satellite receivers. This has been designed to make it impossible to use the components if they are stolen.

    Because of their popular ‘plug and play’ design, John Deere displays and GPS receivers have also become more susceptible to theft compared to some other systems on the market. Until now, they could only be locked and protected mechanically. To increase the level of protection, John Deere has therefore introduced the built-in PIN code lock, similar to that used on smartphones, for both components.

    The PIN code for the display and the receiver can be entered via the John Deere display. If the user forgets the code, they can continue working for a limited period, up to a maximum of 72 hours. After this a Master Unlock Code is required, which can be easily generated in the StellarSupport online portal. The customer’s MyJohnDeere login grants access to any John Deere component previously registered in their StellarSupport account.

    The new PIN code locking system is now available for John Deere 4240 and 4640 Universal Displays and the StarFire 6000 receiver. It is bundled with the recent 19-1 software update, which permits the upgrade of these specific displays and receivers.

    This latest security feature complements the...
  8. Farm Business RSS
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    Mar 22, 2019 at 3:42 AM

    Written by JohnSwire

    Farmers are being alerted to a change in health and safety rules affecting anyone who does any welding.

    The Health and Safety Executive has recently announced that it is reclassifying welding fumes, including that produced from mild steel, as a human carcinogen and will no longer accept any welding undertaken without suitable exposure control measures being in place, regardless of the duration.

    Rob Gazely, farm consultant and health and safety specialist with Strutt & Parker, said: “There is new scientific evidence from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRAC) that exposure to welding fumes can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer.

    “As a result, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) announced in February that with immediate effect, it is strengthening its enforcement expectations for welding fumes on the basis that general ventilation does not give sufficient control.

    “The new rules – which will apply to all industries, including agriculture – are that any exposure to welding fumes must be controlled by effective engineering controls. In a workshop or indoor environment, this will typically be local exhaust ventilation (LEV) which will also control workers’ exposure to manganese, which has been linked to neurological effects similar to Parkinson’s disease.

    “Where LEV alone does not adequately control exposure, respiratory...
  9. Farm Business RSS
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    Mar 22, 2019 at 3:42 AM

    Written by JohnSwire

    A team of agriculture students from Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) are the winners of the NIAB Agronomy Cup for the second year.

    Philip Dray, Olivia MacGarvie, William Watson and Will Daviesachieved the highest gross margin of £2,131/ha in the annual winter wheat trial plotcompetition, based on a yield of 12.24 t/ha and an input cost of £72.15/ha.

    IBERS-Aberystwyth is the first team to lift the trophy twice since the competition began, after winning in 2017 and coming a close second in 2016. They beat six other university and colleges, with a team from Diss Young Farmers Club, in Norfolk, coming second and Lancashire’s Myerscough College taking third place.

    The competition was carried out on the wheat variety KWS Siskin on five sites across the UK, although none of the teams achieved a milling specification this year.

    Philip described the reasoning behind the IBERS-Aberystwyth’s technical recommendations. “There was already some septoria present in the crop by T0. By applying Bravo (a.i. chlorothalonil) at the T0 and T1 timing we hoped to slow the spread of the disease. We then used Ignite (a.i. epoxiconazole) at T1 to reduce the risk of yellow rust infection at the Hereford site.”

    With KWS Siskin’s score of 6 for lodging the IBERS team applied a full rate of chlormequat at T1. “There was a...
  10. The Guardian RSS
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    Mar 22, 2019 at 12:32 AM

    Thanks to humans the ‘wilderness’ no longer exists – but we can make things on Earth better | Jeff Sparrow

    Written by Jeff Sparrow

    Indigenous history shows there’s nothing inevitable about the environmental carnage being unleashed now

    When the colonists arrived in Australia, they saw themselves as conquering both the continent’s land and its people. In many respects, they didn’t differentiate between the two.

    The Bible commands believers (in Genesis 1:28) to “replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth”.

    Related: George Orwell said the world’s bureaucrats couldn’t take spring from us, but they are | Jeff Sparrow

    We can change how we relate to the world, the specific form of our engagement with the planet

    Related: Centrism isn’t the solution to the mess we’re in | Jeff Sparrow

    Related: Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it? | Phil...