1. L

    Battling the reeds with goats and ancient land drains. Any interest, experience or advice?

    This is a bit niche, so not sure anyone else here will have done this, but you never know :unsure: We've recently taken on a 17acre smallholding on the Pennines. The fields have not been properly looked after for years so i'm working to improve the drainage and convert the land from the invasion...
  2. Y

    Gaining access to a neighbours field for hedge management?

    Hi folks, after some help please. I have a dyke in my field, hedge beyond it. The field beyond that is rented to horse owners, which change pretty frequently and the LO does nothing to maintain his land or his dykes, and doesnt ask his rentees to either. I have asked for access to trim the...
  3. S

    Agri shed prices and budget.

    Hi. I am new to this forum, and seeking a little advice. I will try to keep this short as possible. I come from a farming background but have spent last 22 years working in construction, and have over that time built a small business with 12 employees. I rent a very cheap shed and yard...
  4. TFF

    RB209 Section 3 Grass and forage crops

    The Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) helps you make the most of organic materials and balance the benefits of fertiliser use against the costs - both economic and environmental. It explains the value of nutrients, soil and why good nutrient management is about more than just the fertilisers you...
  5. Puresteal


    Not sure if there are many Vegetable growers on here , I’m wondering what breeds of winter cauliflower people are growing? Tried Triomphant, Leocen and Kashen this year , and they did well. Hard frost seem to be coming more in Feb and March now which helps.
  6. Chris F

    There is no such thing as the wild in the UK?

    So much talk about re-wilding in the news. I've never liked the concept as its seems to be a dream in someone's head about what nature does when left to itself. But the wild - as in lets say 1,000 or 10,000 years ago, just does not exist any more in my opinion. There are 70 million people in...
  7. Agrovista News

    New guide to regenerative agriculture outlines key principles and practices

    A new guide that outlines the key principles of regenerative agriculture and the many benefits they can bring to modern farming systems has been released by leading agronomy company Agrovista. The Regenerative Agriculture Guide is packed with useful information and tips and has something for...
  8. W

    Miscanthus yields

    Looking at putting areas of land that are always poor yield due to wet and black grass, what average yield arw people getting from their miscanthus and is it hybrid or standard. Also what are the thoughts about carbon trading and the value this may bring to miscanthus. Many thanks
  9. A J Rimmer

    Leasing Stables

    Anyone any idea on how to price leasing a stable block? There's one i know of, 30 odd acres of (rough) grass, 8 stables and an arena. Fields are rough, no proper fences, 8 stables but they are prone to flooding as the drains are inadequate. There is an arena, but it's dilapidated, and needs new...
  10. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    Morning all and happy new year. Further to the information we published about the Sustainable Farming Incentive in December (see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sustainable-farming-incentive-how-the-scheme-will-work-in-2022), today we're publishing information about the 2 other new...
  11. ollie989898

    Modern take on an old(er) idea

    Modern take on the old back actor. Uses built in controls from the reverse drive version of the tractor?
  12. D

    AHDB can feck right off.

    We Eat Balanced 2022 starts today, so thought I would be a good little levy payer and share the social media. Well, that's not happening. WTF is it with this industry ? Why are we so utterly incapable of promoting ourselves - all of us - rather than this constant 'some farms are better than...
  13. R

    Anglian Water Pipeline

    Anyone else got the joy of Anglian water putting a new water pipeline through their farm , its running from Grantham to Colchester . They want to start digging trial trenches this month!
  14. Direct Driller Magazine

    Challenging autumn weather underlines the need to tailor crop establishment approach to prevailing conditions

    Written by Jeff Claydon Establishing winter wheat on the Claydon farm during October with the new 6m Claydon Evolution 6 mounted drill. Despite a stop-start harvest and the very changeable weather which followed, Suffolk farmer Jeff Claydon was able to establish all the planned area of...
  15. M

    Land WANTED in North Yorkshire

    Hello everyone, I am looking to purchase 1-2 acres of land in North Yorkshire. Doesn't need planning permission as i will make my own enquiries. I hope someone can help me. Many thanks
  16. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus - Neil White

    Berwickshire farmer Neil White calls for clarity and equity in their baseline carbon audit on his farm after six years of No-till Harvest 2021 was, in the end, better than expected. The crops came out of the wet cold spring looking respectable, but then continually improved to culminate in...
  17. Direct Driller Magazine

    History of the GD

    Written by Tony Gent With over 60 years of farming, I have seen and been involved with so many changes, as a lad from working with horses and leaving school at 15 to working on my father’s smallholding with only 50 acres and a mix of cropping. The farm began to mechanise and expand, so did my...
  18. B

    8T Digger Recommendations

    We are looking for an 8T digger for around £20k. What would you recommend higher hour mainstream makes - which are best? Or have seen a 2016 Liugong with 2000 hours for £20k - are they any good?
  19. Bald Rick

    Parlour Washings and other mildly contaminated water

    We seem to produce an inordinate amount of mildly contaminated water from washing down and cleaning the parlour and bulk tank. At the moment it’s pumped to a slurry tank under one of the cow sheds but this compromises storage We’ve tried irrigating via a Rotorainer but it’s too fragile and...
  20. J

    Land Drainage Costs Devon

    Hi there , I am looking at a barn conversion on 18 acres of arable land, when we viewed on boxing day the land was very water logged and there was a fair few marsh type plants on the land. What would the likely cost be like to sort this out , I assume underground drainage would be the...