1. News
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    Apr 24, 2018

    Research in practice at Warwickshire Strategic Farm

    The new AHDB Strategic Farm West, launching on 6 June, will put research into practice to help cereals and oilseeds farmers strengthen their businesses.

    The Strategic Farm will be hosted by Rob Fox of Squab Hall, on the outskirts of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

    The launch event on Wednesday 6 June at Leamington Football Club on Harbury Lane, is open to all.

    The idea behind AHDB’s arable Strategic Farms is to test findings from research on real farms. And having an AHDB Strategic Farm in the region will be hugely beneficial to local farmers, said Rob.

    “Everything we will look at through the Strategic Farm will link back to relevant AHDB research projects. This will give us all a much better understanding of how the outputs from small plot research programmes can be applied in a commercial farm situation – I think that’s a big question farmers want to know. Having a Strategic Farm in the region, somewhere local farmers can visit and see how we’re putting this research into a farming context is going to be massive,” Rob said.

    The topics for the next six years of the Strategic Farm will be chosen during the launch meeting in June, making sure the project focuses on the issues most important to farmers in Warwickshire and the west of England.

    Richard Meredith, AHDB Knowledge Exchange Manager, said: “The...
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    Apr 24, 2018

    Barley variety resilience in the far corners of the UK

    Farmers from across AHDB’s Monitor Farm programme are investigating how different spring barley varieties perform under different conditions.

    Groups from the Monitor Farm programme will look at heritage and modern UK spring barley varieties grown alongside varieties from Sweden and Finland in four locations across the UK from Shetland, Cornwall, Hampshire and Northern Ireland.

    The aims are twofold – firstly to look at the resilience of different varieties grown in different conditions in the UK and secondly to challenge growers to get the most out of their crops.

    Emily Smith, AHDB Knowledge Transfer Manager, said: “We chose Fairing because it is the earliest of the new varieties, has some of the strongest agronomic features and serves as a baseline for modern genomes.

    “Today’s modern varieties are achieving yield through increasing the growing period, which has significant issues for farmers growing in extreme conditions in marginal areas. We want to see how new genetics compare to old genetics, such as Golden Promise, by kind permission of McCreath Simpson and Prentice.”

    Emily and the team chose the Swedish and Finnish varieties – Anneli and Brage – in collaboration with the Agronomy Institute at Orkney College, University of Highlands and Islands. These two varieties were chosen as other north...
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    Apr 23, 2018

    LABOUR's shadow environment secretary has visited Bury to meet with residents to discuss flooding and rural connectivity issues.

    Sue Hayman was joined by Bury North MP James Frith last week as she visited residents in Redvales, who were impacted by the Boxing Day floods in 2015 to discuss Labour’s plans for flood defences.

    The MP also visited Affetside to meet with a group of residents to talk about a campaign to secure better broadband in the village, before meeting with Alison Hornby at The Enterprise Centre to discuss her work with local young people and the importance of supporting community projects in rural areas.

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    Apr 23, 2018

    Tom Staunton of Caramba Beef Shorthorns sold his leading lady for €8,400 while lots sold to an average of €4,276.

    Eighteen hand-picked lots including fourteen heifers and four bulls went under the hammer from the highly-regarded herd of Tom Staunton of Caramba Beef Shorthorns on Saturday, April, 21st, 2018.

    Live bidding got underway in mid-afternoon as potential purchasers from all around Ireland and the U.K logged onto the online sales platform.The sale grossed €72,700 or an average of €4,276, with a large number of repeat customers. 100% of the females found new homes, while three out of the four bulls were sold.


    Caramba Rothes Lovable, led the sale at €8,400 - this lady is the result of the mating of Molly x Chalkie and she is a full-sister to Hottie and Kissable. At €7,600, Caramba Secret Love, exchanged hands. This Bushypark Ultra daughter was described as a well-made heifer with plenty eye appeal from a very good maternal cow line.

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    Apr 23, 2018

    The Land Rover Bursary
    We have teamed up with Land Rover to offer The Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover Bursary.
    Do you think that your business could benefit from having the use of a Land Rover for a year?

    Five young people will have the opportunity to win the lease of a Land Rover Discovery or Discovery Sport for 12-months, to support their career in farming or another rural business.

    The bursary is open to young people aged between 21-35 years old who believe their business or career would benefit from the use of a Land Rover.

    This year’s bursary focuses again on supporting young people to help them pursue their chosen rural careers by providing a Land Rover vehicle to help complete day-to-day work or project related tasks.

    To find out more about the bursary read the terms and conditions or alternatively meet 2017s inspirational winners.

    The closing date is 5pm on Monday 30th April. Click here to apply.

    For further information please contact Lucy Smith on 020 7566 8749 or email.

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    Apr 23, 2018

    Sometime when you’re out in the field this spring, bring a shovel. Dig into the dirt and see how many earthworms, dung beetles, millipedes, and other beneficial subsoil creatures you bring up. If you find a bunch, consider yourself lucky.

    Eileen Kladivko is an agronomy professor at Purdue University. She says these organisms are more significant in overall soil health than most people realize.

    "Earthworms in particular help build soil porosity, so they can loosen the soil, they can mix the soil, they can build channels that will aid in water infiltration to get water into the soil, make channels that roots can grow in," says Kladivko. "Some of the other organisms, like dung beetles, help incorporate organic material into the soil."

    There are two main types of worms. Shallow-dwellers, known as redworms, fishworms, and other names, live in the top 12" of soil and randomly burrow throughout the topsoil. The much-larger nightcrawlers build vertical burrows that can extend down five-to-six-feet or more.

    Kladivko recommends checking for the presence of earthworms in the spring or late fall when they’re the most active.

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    Apr 23, 2018

    057 A Great British Beef Week Special

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    Tonight for this Rock & Roll Farming Special, I head down to Exeter in Devon to talk to Farmer, and co-founder of Ladies in Beef, Jilly Greed, to hear all about Great British Beef Week (April 23rd - 30th)

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    Apr 23, 2018

    New Zealand: hot summer leads to a tenfold explosion in rat population

    Written by Eleanor Ainge Roy

    Fertile breeding conditions caused by hottest summer since records began leads to surge of rats and mice

    A record-breaking long, hot summer has led to a tenfold explosion in New Zealand’s rodent population, with the country’s urban areas worst hit.

    The 2017-2018 summer in New Zealand was the hottest since records began, and fertile breeding conditions have led to a surge in rat and mice numbers.

    Related: No more rats: New Zealand to exterminate all introduced predators

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  9. News
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    Apr 22, 2018

    • Academics say government plans to replace farm subsidies after Brexit could mean that up to 25% of England's least profitable farms could go bankrupt.
    • Dr Ludivine Petetin said "up to one in four" farms in England could "disappear" after Brexit in comments originally reported by the Farmers Guardian.
    • The EU's Common Agricultural Policy has long been criticised by economists because it is not tied to market incentives, but academics warned the speed and scale of the changes could leave farmers without sufficient time to adapt and diversify their incomes.
    • Environment secretary Michael Gove says the new system will reward farmers for "public goods" such as planting meadows and access to the countryside.

    LONDON — Theresa May's plans to replace farm subsidies after Brexit could mean that up to 25% of English farms could go bankrupt, according to academics.

    Dr Ludivine Petetin, an expert in agricultural law at Cardiff University, told Business Insider that proposals from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) to replace existing EU farm subsidies with environmental payments mean "up to one in four" farms could "disappear."

    The EU's Basic Payment Scheme currently provides land-based subsidies to farmers that, in England, represent a significant portion of many farmers' incomes. When Britain leaves the EU, Defra says it will replace the basic payment scheme with a new policy which rewards...
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    Apr 20, 2018

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    Mounting concerns about SDHI resistance combined with an unpredictable disease outlook are putting wheat fungicide strategies under closer scrutiny this spring. CPM finds out why. SDHIs have become a cornerstone of many T1 and T2 programmes over recent years, but signs of declining performance against the principle threat of Septoria tritici last season reinforce the need for spray regimes that avoid exacerbating resistance problems and prolong existing chemistry. Furthermore, the cold, wet winter and start to spring may have reduced early disease pressure, but cutting back early sprays unnecessarily risks allowing disease to establish and could put later applied chemistry under extra pressure. Cold weather only slows rust and septoria development and both diseases can soon reignite with the right conditions, so it remains hard to predict what pressure crops will be under once they reach growth stage 32 (T1) and flag leaf emergence (T2), says Hutchinsons technical development director, Dr David Ellerton. “At the moment pressure from rusts and mildew is lower than last season, but there’s a long way to go.” The decline in curative control from triazoles, and signs of similar issues starting to affect SDHIs puts greater emphasis on early sprays to protect crops throughout the growing…
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