Defra to support offer Covid-19 financial support to struggling dairy farmers

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Written by Rachel Martin

England’s dairy farmers will be able to access up to £10,000 each to help them overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

The new funding will help support dairy farmers – who together continue to produce over 40 million litres of milk every day – who have seen decreased demand for their products as bars, restaurants and cafes have had to close.

Today’s announcement follows recent action to temporarily relax some elements of UK competition law to allow suppliers, retailers and logistics providers in the dairy industry to work more closely together on some of the challenges they are facing.

With some dairy farmers facing financial difficulties and excess...

Campaign to boost consumer demand for milk launches next week

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Written by Iain Hoey

A new 12-week consumer marketing campaign to increase the demand for liquid milk across the UK to support the dairy sector impacted by Covid19, is set to get underway next week.

The new consumer campaign aims to help balance the oversupply of milk from the closure of the food service sector, which has left many processors without a viable outlet for their milk and milk products.

It will be led by AHDB with additional funding from Dairy UK, by governments across the UK, retail and wider industry, aims to increase consumer demand for milk by 3% over a 12 week period.

The initiative roll out via targeted social media and a TV campaign and...

Tributes paid following tragic death of former ploughing champion

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Written by Agriland Team

Tributes have been paid from both sides of the Irish Sea following the death of a multiple world ploughing champion in the UK this week.

Graeme Witty, from Ryedale, in Yorkshire, England, was killed in a farm accident yesterday, Tuesday, May 5.

Regarded by many as one of the world’s finest ever ploughmen, Graeme was the first man in history to win both the conventional and reversible world titles.

UK ploughing association the Society of Ploughmen announced the news yesterday, stating:

“It is with sadness that we let you know that Graeme Witty has tragically passed away.

Graeme was one of the world’s best ever ploughmen, winning the British National...

Chlorothalonil Deadline Looms

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Arable growers warned not to ditch multi-site fungicides as chlorothalonil deadline looms

With the final use-up date for chlorothalonil rapidly approaching, arable growers in the UK will need to switch to folpet to maintain effective protection against cereal diseases such as septoria in wheat and rhynchosporium and ramularia in barley.

That is according to Andy Bailey, Fungicides Technical Specialist for ADAMA who advises that any fungicide treatments made after the 20th May cut-off date which would have included chlorothalonil should include folpet instead; not only to ensure crops are adequately protected, but also to protect single-site modes of action from mounting disease...

Never Trust An Ostrich Egg

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Never Trust An Ostrich Egg

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Listen as Nick Grayson talks about taking over the family farm at the age of 23 after his Father was diagnosed with stomach cancer and given just 6 weeks to live.

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CNH Industrial to resume full operation by end of May

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Written by Iain Hoey

Agriculture vehicle manufacturer CNH Industrial has announced the resumption of its manufacturing operations is proceeding according to plan, with the aim to resume full operation by the end of the month.

The company has said its plan follows all COVID-19 health and safety protocols on a global basis. Employee health and safety and agreements with trade unions has remained central during the process to ensure full engagement with the resumption of activities.

More than two thirds of the company’s 67 plants are already operational, to varying degrees. On a regional basis, more than 75% of production sites in Europe and some 60% in North America, in South America and...

Still time to secure a POTTINGER loader wagon for the 2020 season

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Still time to secure a POTTINGER loader wagon for the 2020 season

Despite the current difficulties during the Covid19 pandemic, we at POTTINGER have continued to produce equipment with little disruption. Resultingly we still have a limited number of loader wagons available for the 2020 season. Contact us today for further details.

You can read this update from Pottinger UK on TFF's AGVendor...

Marian Spain appointed new Natural England chief executive

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Written by Rachel Martin

Marian Spain has been appointed as the new chief executive of Natural England, taking the post on a permanent basis after serving as interim chief executive since December 2018.

Natural England chairman Tony Juniper said: “Marian has shown an unrivalled commitment to protect and enhance our natural environment along with excellent leadership skills.

It is so important, not only for Natural England but also our environment, to have someone with Marian’s passion and experience to lead our teams at this vital time for conservation.
“She will ensure that the organisation can meet the challenge of restoring nature, which lies at the heart of the...

The latest spraying technology at Cereals LIVE

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The latest spraying technology at Cereals LIVE

Spraying technology is advancing at a tremendous rate, and farmers will be able to see a wide range of the latest innovations in action at Cereals LIVE.

From reducing inputs to maximising efficacy and improving gross margins, the reasons for optimising spraying are many and varied, so whether operators are looking for trailed, self-propelled or even robotic sprayers, the new online event has it covered.

“Though farmers won’t be able to stand on the side of a ring and physically watch the demos this year, they can still access the Syngenta Sprays & Sprayers Arena at the online event on 10-11 June, with exhibitors presenting their technology through working demonstration...

Market analysis: European dairy commodity prices find stability

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Written by Agriland Team

After weeks of declining prices, European dairy commodity prices finally found stability over the past fortnight, according to multi-national financial services firm INTL FCStone.

Price stability was reached two weeks ago, on April 22, and was followed by some support last week, on April 29.

Speaking to AgriLand, Dr. Peter Meehan, senior commodity analyst at INTL FCStone, explained:

“The European butter quotation gained 1.7% over the last two weeks climbing to €2,627 while the European skim milk powder (SMP) quotation increased by 2.0% since the middle of April, moving up to €1,920.”

While the SMP index is now just 2.4% behind where it was this time last...

Virus yellows – Living with virus yellows

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Written by cpm

Download PDF The threat from virus yellows is a very real one this season after a mild winter and spring. CPM finds out what the virus forecast is and the limited strategies available to reduce its potential effect on yields. The exceptionally mild winter significantly increased the risk of infection. By Lucy de la Pasture and Rob Jones The potential threat posed by viruses is very much in mind at the moment and for sugar beet growers, virus yellows has once more become a grave concern. After more than two decades of relatively minor risk when the metaphorical shield afforded by neonicotinoid seed treatments meant there was little need to consider other means of protection, the...

Frontier grows both grain and agronomy scale

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Written by Jamie Day

The UK’s largest arable marketing business Frontier Agriculture, a joint venture between AB Agri and Cargill, saw profits and sales rise in the 2018/19 financial year. The company made an operating profit of £34.3 million on revenues of £1.65 billion in the year ended June 30th 2019, compared to £30.3m and £1.49bn in the previous […]

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Demand for red meat dwindles

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Written by Iain Hoey

Despite higher retail sales, overall demand for red meat is now lower than it was before the coronavirus lockdown, according to AHDB analyst Duncan Wyatt.

Beef, sheep meat and pig meat have each performed slightly differently, with pig meat sales in particular holding up relatively well, however the stock-piling induced demand which soared in the initial weeks of lockdown in response to the widespread closure of eating out...

Webinar: Tyres, Traction & Compaction

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AHDB Webinar: Tyres, Traction & Compaction

Wed, May 6, 2020 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Speakers: Harry Henderson, AHDB and Stephen Lamb, Bridgestone

Register here.

In this session we will be looking at tyre technology and soil compaction, focusing on:

• Tyre Choice
• Benefits of a VF (Gen3) Field-based Tyre
• Soil Compaction & the Importance of the Square Inch
• Tyre Pressure Management
• The Importance of having a Balanced Tractor

Register here.

This webinar is FREE to attend and BASIS points are...

Protecting barley at T2

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As the illustration below shows, the traditional spray programme for winter barley is for an optional T0 treatment as early as GS23 followed by a T1 spray using a robust application of broad spectrum fungicides at GS31. The subsequent T2 application is then made at GS39-49 with broad spectrum fungicides adjusted for dose plus, historically, chlorothalonil.


The primary purpose of this traditional T2 spray timing is to protect the barley crop at flag leaf emergence and booting (GS 39-49) from diseases such as ramularia and net blotch, with the aim of reducing spikelet mortality, preserving green leaf area and increasing the final number of grains per ear.

Ensuring the...

The Virtual Grassland Show - 20th May 2020

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After the cancelation of Grassland and Muck, with their blessing The Farming Forum has teamed up with exhibitors from the show to bring you The Virtual Grassland Show. It will take place on 20th May 2020 and bring as many live features including machinery demonstrations, seminars, plot tours and manufcaturer conversations as we can. The show will bring some major changes to the look of TFF for the days of the show and the exhibitors and ourselves will distribute content on The Farming Forum, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Watch this thread for more updates and get in contact if you also want to be involved.

Marketing campaign launched to help shift 1.2 million spuds in storage

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Written by Rachel Martin

The stocks of potatoes held by growers at the end of March totalled 1.19 million tonnes according to an Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) estimate.

It’s a figure 20% higher than the same point last season and 5% above the five-year average.

Drawdown, the rate at which potatoes are delivered from store, was also 2% down on average between January and March.

David Eudall, head of arable market specialists at AHDB, said: “These figures are from the end of March, so they only include one week of the ‘lockdown effect’. But the big impact on the sector has been the way the coronavirus pandemic has changed consumer demand.

“From March 23, the...

Young farmers and sustainability at Cereals LIVE

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Young farmers and sustainability at Cereals LIVE

Young farmers are the future of British agriculture – but there are some challenges and opportunities which affect all producers, regardless of age. From developing skills for the future to adapting to climate change, there is always something new to learn – and Cereals LIVE is delivering a full range of seminars with expert advice for forward-thinking farmers.

“Farming is as much about looking to the future as it is optimising the now; meaning that improving soil health and opening doors for the next generation should be part of every arable business,” says event director Alli McEntyre. “The Young Farmers and Sustainability Theatre at Cereals...

Learn how to utilise your resources at Cereals LIVE

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Learn how to utilise your resources at Cereals LIVE

As farmers strive to become more efficient and sustainable, getting the most from natural resources, crop varieties and inputs is gaining traction, something Cereals LIVE will explore in depth.

Agriculture must continually adapt as it faces new and evolving challenges, whether that’s reduced access to effective chemistry, changing public pressures or new government policy, says Alli McEntyre, event director at Cereals LIVE. “However, these challenges all pose opportunities for farmers to embrace new ways of thinking about what they do and how they operate. The AHDB Theatre at Cereals LIVE aims to present growers with fresh ideas and innovative ways to tackle obstacles...

Three inspiring farmers win the use of New Holland machines for a year

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The three winners of the “Up to Speed” scheme run by New Holland and The Prince’s Countryside Fund have been announced. Donald MacSween, Rob David, and Abbi Mason have each won the use of a New Holland machine for a year – a Telehandler, a T6 tractor, and a Boomer 40 compact tractor.

The scheme provides cutting-edge machinery to young people, new entrants, or those who will make a difference in their local community but would otherwise not have access to this type of farm machinery.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund, a charity set up in 2010 to improve the prospects for those living and working in farming and rural communities, entered into a partnership with New Holland, a major British tractor manufacturer with a largescale production facility for T6 & T7 tractors in Basildon, in early...

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