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...
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
Written by Defra Press Office
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 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; […]
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...
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.
AGRICULTURAL AND AMENITY LAND, WOODLAND, AND LAND WITH STRATEGIC POTENTIAL. FOR SALE AS A WHOLE OR IN UPTO 19 LOTS
ON BEHALF OF HARWORTH GROUP PLC
1,799 ACRES (728 HECTARES) OR THEREABOUTS OF AGRICULTURAL AND AMENITY LAND,
WOODLAND, AND LAND WITH STRATEGIC POTENTIAL, IN 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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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.