1. Petroldrinker

    New drainage ditch Vs french drain

    Hello all. I have a six acre field that needs attention. After a two year battle I'm basking in the glory of defeating the rushes... ...for now. However, there is obvious room for improvement with the drainage. The field has a ditch on all four sides. These need maintenance but I don't think...
  2. S

    ETA Hack for sale 3.17p with 17.5 years

    It is a complete top quality original setup with agitator, 3000l buffer the lot, it is still working and has only run 272,000kWh. Accredited for Space & Water heating running on wood chip B1. Installed to heat a block of flats but with nobody onsite to look after it it's coming out for ASHP...
  3. D

    Watercourses and hedgerows

    Slightly disappointed at the lack of threads on ELMS, thought I would start one. A few recent comments on here have suggested that watercourses and hedgerows are in the sights of lobby groups for needing mandatory protection. Taking it as a given that our national bodies get a line drawn in...
  4. C

    Calculating forage budget per dairy cow

    So I'm doing a forage budget to figure out how much food I need to buy in for my dairy cows... Here are my "back of envelope" maths: Across 305 day lactation, assume 3% of body weight in DM as forage Across 60 day dry period, assume 2.5% of body weight in DM as forage So for a 650kg cow...
  5. Turnip

    Recommend me an oil boiler for central heating only.

    As the thread title says I am looking for recommendations. Currently our central heating system of the house consists of an old oil boiler and a woodburner. Next year I need to replace the oil burner as it is on its last legs. Can you recommend me a good one as I have no experience with them. No...
  6. Janet Hughes Defra

    Sustainable farming incentive details published today

    Morning all Today we'll be publishing some information about how the sustainable farming incentive will work when we start rolling it out from next year in England. I'll post the links here as soon as they're online, and will be here on this thread over the next few days to answer your...
  7. B

    Heat pumps

    Just wondering how those new fangled heat pumps are coping with a shortage of electric, I have a feeling the governments hope of all log fires being ripped out of our houses have hit a bit of a brick wall in some areas!
  8. N

    Solar thermal

    Are these evacuated tube arrangements any good as a source of heat. Can you sucessfully generate 250-500kw heat with a large arrangement? Is there any FIT still available. It would need a large buffer tank to store the heat. Mostly for summer use so potential good levels of radiation.
  9. holwellcourtfarm

    ON / Off grid to use renewables generation in a grid outage?

    Our barn fire in September 2017 left us with no grid connection. That got me wondering how we could still make use of the output of our 26 kWp solar scheme. As it was the insureres paid almost £12k for us to be on a generator until we could get reconnected. Now we are looking at moving and hope...
  10. Boysground

    Nroso heavy handed email

    I am at the end of my 3 year cycle for Nroso. What with one thing and another I have not managed to do as many training events as usual and ended up with 29 points. Saw this on my statement and coincidentally my local NIAB conference was last week so I popped along and signed the BASIS and Nroso...
  11. Janet Hughes Defra

    New Farming Investment Fund launched today

    Afternoon all - we've launched the farming investment fund - info here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/farming-investment-fund Here's a blogpost explaining what's changed and how we've improved the scheme based on learning from previous schemes...
  12. Corteva Updates

    Stewardship tools enhanced as farmers prepare for propyzamide applications

    Significant upgrades to Corteva Agriscience’s Kerb Weather Data tool will help growers and advisers be even more precise when timing oilseed rape herbicide applications this winter. The data is relied upon by growers across the UK to identify the best time to apply AstroKerb® or Kerb® Flo 500...
  13. B

    Ensiling chopped beet

    Wondering if anyone has successfully clamped chopped beet in a water tight clamp. Was thinking of using pondliner right round, inside conc, panels. Cheers.
  14. S

    Ground source

    Going to be extending a cottage that will eventually be for ourselves. Garden area probably wouldn't be big enough for a horizontal layout of heat pipes, has anyone got experience of the ones that use boreholes for the pipes instead?
  15. KW Alternative Feeds

    KW Feedcast Episode 19 - 2 November 2021

    Today’s episode sees Chris Davidson discussing the global wheat market, how soya is performing, before touching on mid-proteins and issuing a warning on performance products. The wheat market has seen a seismic shift over the last week, with May futures breaking the £230T mark. World stocks are...
  16. Cows 'n grass

    How to feed cows?

    Seven years into my CFA and we finally have some decent infrastructure. For this winter I will get by with the machinery I have but looking forward to next winter I'm still struggling to work out the best way to physically feed silages to the cows. This is the layout we nearly have now...
  17. H

    Living in a wood

    What happens to all these houses out in the countryside or on the edge of villages which have commanding views over the fields beyond when the farm at the end of their garden is bought by some corporation to offset carbon?. Instead of the lovely view, in 20years time they have a wall off trees...
  18. Agriland RSS

    Machinery Focus: Building a road to hydrogen power

    Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland JCB is no lightweight in the off-road machinery sector, so when the company nails its colours firmly to the hydrogen power mast, then the rest of the industry will be taking note. In a world where the expectation is that electricity will be powering...
  19. Muck Spreader

    Owen Paterson

    Another little piggy with his snout in the trough. @bobk is he your MP? https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/oct/26/owen-paterson-faces-suspension-breaking-lobbying-rules
  20. D

    Watercourse Depth

    We have noticed over the past decade that some of our watercourses have deepened considerably without any intervention from us. This can mean banks and hedges get undercut and collapse. We have installed small crude dams or weirs in places which has had some success in holding back silt...