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No-till potato trials show role in soil regeneration

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No-till potatoes grown under a straw mulch could help farmers to restore degraded arable soils cost-effectively if used as a cash crop within a regenerative cropping rotation, according to ProCam agronomist Richard Harding.

Presenting results from a four year trial at the recent Groundswell conservation agriculture event, Mr Harding said revenue from the potatoes would offset the cost of importing straw, creating a viable route to more sustainable production.

“Our first step was to grow a high biomass cover crop,” he said, “as this is an essential entry into the no-till potatoes. Then, we placed the potato tubers on the surface and created a mulch by unrolling and fluffing up round bale straw at a rate of around 34t/ha. Through this...

New rapid analysis for pollen source detection

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

A new method to rapidly identify sources of bee pollen to understand which flowers are important for bees has been developed by Earlham Institute and the University of East Anglia. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Bees are in vast decline in the UK and across Europe, as are the wildflowers on which they rely. However, the species have an essential role in our ecosystems and a third of all our food is dependent on their pollination; just in economic worth, pollination by bees is annually estimated at £265 billion, worldwide. One way to help boost their numbers is by planting the correct wildflowers, providing a better habitat for pollinators to disperse, nest and...

Response to Labour calls for grouse shooting review

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Response to Labour calls for grouse shooting review

Written by Defra Press Office

Three grouse in a field among the grass

Response to Labour calls for grouse shooting review

There is national media coverage this morning of calls from the Labour Party for the government to launch a review of driven grouse shooting.

While we recognise many people have strongly held views on grouse shooting, we are also clear that shooting activities bring many benefits to the rural economy and the environment, in particular for wildlife and habitat conservation.


Frontier invests to support Kings’ growth

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Written by Jamie Day

Frontier Agriculture has officially unveiled new production, storage and despatch facilities at its Diss site in Norfolk. The £500,000 investment is for its Kings division – the business that specialises in small seed mixtures and advice packages for farmers growing game cover and forage crops; looking to improve soil health with cover and companion crops; […]

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672 acres, Church Farm, Skerne, Driffield, East Yorkshire

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For Sale - Guide Price £6,000,000


  • 4 bedroom Georgian Farmhouse with annex
  • 900 tonne Grainstore
  • 2,000m2 modern general purpose building
  • Available as a whole or in 2 lots
  • Approximately 672 acres in all

Highly Productive Commercial Arable Farm with Residential Appeal.

Church Farm lies on the edge of the attractive village of Skerne, only 3 miles south east of the market town of Driffield, which is locally known as the capital of the Yorkshire Wolds. Whilst lying within a largely unspoilt rural area dominated by farming businesses the farm lies only 13 miles north of the beautiful historic town of Beverley with the city of York 32 miles to the west and the M62 motorway 25 miles to the south west providing...

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Situation Vacant Free Range Egg job

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I have a position available for immediate start on our 32000 bird free range egg farm.
  • Duties include grading eggs and stacking them on pallets, walking the sheds to check the birds and find any eggs laid on the floor, general daily cleaning and maintenance.
  • 7:30am to 3pm.
  • £8.50 per hour.
  • Every other weekend off
  • A modern 3 bed house is available if required.
Message me on here with details about yourself and why you might be suitable for the job. Thanks, Guy

Situation Vacant Siromer Tractors: Workshop Manager

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Address: Siromer Tractors, Taylors Lane, Preston, PR3 6AB

Siromer Tractors are looking for experienced technicians to manage their busy workshop. Experience in Agricultural Engineering with tractors and agricultural machinery is necessary.

This will be a varied role which will require a multi skilled and practically minded Engineer. The successful applicant will Plan & Organise the workload for a busy workshop. Have a good knowledge of diesel engines, transmissions, hydraulic systems and electrics. Have excellent customer skills. Be willing to work additional hours during busy periods and as the business requires.


  • Organising the work schedule of a busy workshop.
  • Ensuring work is carried...

1799 acres, Morpeth, Northumberland

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For Sale - Guide Price £6,000,000


  • Predominantly arable land
  • Amenity land and woodland
  • Well restored former open cast land in part
  • Strategic potential on part STP
  • As a whole or in up to 19 lots




Lot 1: 124.34 acres of arable land.
Lot 2: 23.34 acres of arable land.
Lot 3: 187.87 acres of woodland and rough grass.
Lot 4: 52.29 acres of grass and young trees.
Lot 5: 130.84 acres of arable.
Lot 6: 78.49 acres of...

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The time is now for low input, high quality German E wheats

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The time is now for low input, high quality German E wheats

German E winter wheats offering high gluten, high quality and strong disease resistance are gaining traction with UK growers. The UK imports more than 675,000 tonnes annually of strong wheat with high gluten quality for breadmaking (Germany, Canada, USA), yet more UK farmers are turning to E wheats due to agronomic and market benefits.

George Mason from Heygates millers is clear that the demand for UK grown milling wheats is increasing. We are committed to using the maximum amount of homegrown wheat wherever possible however for some of our flour we require wheat with specific characteristics or...

806 acres, Bossall, York

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For Sale - Guide Price £6,250,000


  • Six bedroom Grade II Listed farmhouse
  • Traditional farm buildings
  • Grain store and Livestock buildings
  • Arable land with the potential to grow root crops
  • In all about 806 acres (326.18 Hectares)
  • For sale by private treaty as a whole or in three lots
Large scale arable farm in the Vale of York


Mount Pleasant Farm is beautifully situated in the heart of the Vale of York, a renowned farming area. Surroundings are predominantly arable fields interspersed with attractive woodlands and shelterbelts rising in the distance towards the Yorkshire Wolds.

The farm has good transport connections, being only 9.4 miles from York railway station, from which some...

Grain price: No pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

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Written by Agriland Team

There doesn’t look to be any pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for this season, despite what the above image may suggest.

The wait will continue on price as harvest progress slows down amid broken weather. Some merchants have paid farmer’s amounts on account to provide cash-flow, but a final price is the harder figure to get.

One thing farmers can be sure of is that the price paid for grain will not be an outstanding one. Some fear that that prices are tumbling near the lows of 2017. The signs aren’t promising. Taking a look at what’s happening around the world might help to...

#4tress4gates new product launched to combat gate security and provide power gates

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4tress4gates® has been launched on 5th August 2019 details about product can be found at the inventors website

Key Benefits
  1. Covers adjustable band on a gate preventing direct access to the adjustable band main nut and fixing bolts.
  2. Any gate fitted with our product 4tress4gates® allows the gate to be switched from inwards opening to outward opening with the same level of security.
  3. Our anti lift plates are positioned under the hook on the post which prevents an opportunist from lifting the gate and gaining access to your premises.
  4. Internal hollow space within each Mk10 middle, Mk11 front and Mk12 rear allows for the installation of a 12v NP2.8-Yuasa 2.8Ah Lead Acid...

Looking For Work Farm work

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I've been out of farming for around fifteen years and looking back to getting back into it. My previous experience is mainly with pigs working on an indoor unit and working in most departments. During summer months I helped out with harvest work, bale and corn leading. I also have experience with lambing. Consider anywhere in UK temporary or full time but would need accommodation.
Thanks Adam.

Farm unions accuses media of ‘inflating’ IPCC report

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Written by Rachel Martin

National Farmers’ Union president Minette Batters has accused the British media of “inflating” the findings of a report by published this week by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

The IPCC report on land use across the world and its impact on the climate concluded that better land management and dietary changes were needed.

However, NFU president Minette Batters said it was “frustrating” that some media outlets had inferred this meant the panel was recommending meat to be cut out altogether.

“Having gone through the report in detail, it is clear that the IPCC recognises the important role animal products play in a balanced diet,” Batters said...


Council calls for Government action to help with Dales farmers’ plight

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Written by Rachel Martin

England’s largest council has issued a plea to Government to release emergency funds to help farmers whose businesses have been devastated by the recent flash floods in Yorkshire.

In a letter to the new Defra Secretary Theresa Villiers, North Yorkshire County Council’s leader and chief executive called for emergency funds to help rebuild farming businesses and for urgent changes to the criteria to allow those hit to access the Farming Recovery Fund.

Council leader Councillor Carl Les said: “July’s flash floods have had a severe impact on parts of the Yorkshire Dales and in particular the areas of Swaledale and Arkengarthdale in Richmondshire.

“There has been...