1. Clive

    Are you all depressed ?

    I've been lucky enough to have a bit of a family holiday recently with lockdown restrictions ending and I've also spent a lot more time with none farming friends and reduced my time talking farming online a fair bit. After a period where that has been hard to do it's easy to forget just how...
  2. C

    Hello and Welcome.

    France is to get another £50 Million + of our money on top of what they already get to stop this happening. Something is very wrong in our border security and home office to allow this invasion every day. What is it costing to keep all these people ?
  3. Green oak

    Hail storms

    some white oar fields in north Essex now. Hope there’s some more lucky farmers who have got away from the dredded hail.
  4. Farm Business RSS

    Red Tractor announces new standards across its schemes

    Written by Alistair Driver from Farm Business Red Tractor has outlined new standards across its six schemes, following widespread consultation with industry. Version 5 of the farm standards will come into effect from November 1, with the complete standards for each sector being made available...
  5. D

    Leaving hay to "sweat"

    Interested to know what people do with big bales regarding keeping them out? We have a bit of rain coming in this weekend, they've been baled 3 days ago and there is good weather after the damp weekend. Better to keep them out for a few weeks?
  6. G

    New RT Combinable Crops and S. Beet standards

    Just received the email, with summery of the main changes... Key changes in your sector Combinable Crops & Sugar Beet REMOVED A requirement to leave livestock buildings for five weeks between cleaning them and using them to store grain. SIMPLIFIED Grain trailer ID needs to be clearly...
  7. Netherfield

    What's he growing here.

    Behind the house there's a 12 acre field, belongs to Lord Dartmouth estate. Until 10 years ago it was grass for silage, not fenced well enough for cattle. Then this family sold the farmyard for building and another chap came as a share farming operation, started with Fodder Beet, then grass for...
  8. Clive

    Winter Barley yields 2021

    So i see quite a few combines are rolling now in the uk ? how’s it yielding so far ? would be helpful to others to add some context - variety, location and areas etc maybe ?
  9. D

    Complexity kills small businesses?

    I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. If all I did was grow one particular crop or concentrate on one particular enterprise then my life would be whole lot easier and most likely more profitable. I think this is what has changed re small mixed farming businesses. Whether it’s sheep...
  10. D

    Seedtime nor Harvest Shall not Fail?

    ….as it says in the Good Book. But with climate change bringing extremes, how far away are we from a failed harvest somewhere in the world of big enough proportions to severely impact global commodity supplies? Shouldn’t governments be building stocks like the old intervention stores?
  11. Farm Classifieds

    12 row hydraulic folding Stanhay beet drill

    12 row hydraulic folding Stanhay beet drill Advert added by: Robert Gourley @Farmer73 Machinery Details Category: Tillage Drills Price: £350 Condition: Good Description Orange box Stanhay beet drill 12 row, hydraulic folding. All boxes and belts stored...
  12. thesilentone

    When is the time to confront the elephant in the room ?

    Our action to negate or slow global warming is clearly not going fast enough. I don't point the finger at the UK exclusively, we are far from the worst offenders, however in general, are we doing enough ? Looking at Agriculture alone, currently social media is full of pictures of tractors...
  13. Keepers

    Forage crop ideas for late sowing

    Good afternoon, Currently planning which winter forage crops are being planted and into which fields, majority will be turnip/rape mix. However I have a small plot (64ha) which is following spring barley, if the weather is great it will be off end of August, but it’s looking more like will be...
  14. Defra Farming

    The Future Farming Resilience Fund: providers named

    The Future Farming Resilience Fund: providers named Written by Andrew Powley The Future Farming Resilience Fund is designed to provide business support to farmers and land managers during the early years of the agricultural transition. It does this by awarding grants to organisations who help...
  15. Oldmacdonald

    Brewing Saltex.

    Would it be possible to make your own? Its expensive for being a salt brine. Presumable there's more to it than dissolving table salt in water?
  16. Hutchinsons News

    Using farm trials to build more sustainable farming systems

    Using farm trials to build more sustainable farming systems Farm trials provide an excellent test-bed for the latest tools and technology in real-world situations, but often results can be considered in isolation, potentially overlooking the complex interactions across farming systems...
  17. CPM RSS

    Climate Change Champions – An abundance mindset

    Written by Tom Allen-Stevens from CPM Magazine Download PDF A Hampshire estate is finding there are no limits to the sustainable growth that can be achieved through a partnership approach to stacking complementary enterprises. CPM visits to find out. We’re exploring how many enterprises we...
  18. CopperBeech

    Draft ewes for terminal crossing.

    Not sure there is an answer, but would be intrigued to hear peoples opinions on this. We hear a fair bit about which hill ewe is better for producing mules etc. But in your opinion, what is the best draft ewe for producing a terminal x fat lamb or store lamb? You can rank them in order if you like.
  19. Joe2021

    Furrow press width help

    Hi all, recently got a new to us varri width plough, came with a press arm. I didn’t buy the press with it cos they wanted an extra £4K for it and thought I could pick one up a lot cheaper than that. Anyway…. I’ve got chance of 3m press good condition and ye right money , will I be ok with it...
  20. DieselRob

    Stubble turnip variety

    Usually grow Samson, can’t seem to get any Samson seed as no carry over from last year. What variety would you recommend instead?