1. Farm Business RSS

    Terramap Carbon – the UK’s first Carbon Mapping Service now available

    Written by John Swire Hutchinsons launches Terramap Carbon the first ever carbon mapping service to provide the most accurate baseline measurement of both organic and active carbon in the soil and is now available to UK farmers. Despite growers coming under increasing pressure to look at...
  2. Farm Business RSS

    New crop-specific green cover option for under-sowing maize from Barenbrug UK.

    Written by John Swire Successfully trialled in the UK in 2020, Barenbrug says its Proterra Maize – based on the company’s tall fescue technology – offers a quick and easy solution for establishing under-sown cover in forage or AD maize, while addressing growers’ worries about main crop...
  3. S

    US President cites cover crops in speech

    Biden's speech to Congress mentioned cover crops to counteract global warming, and paying for them.
  4. F

    CS Mirror Agreements

    Has anyone a Countryside Stewardship agreement that ends this year and been sent an email about signing up to a "mirror agreement"? This is fine if you are going to be doing exactly the same as you were 5/6 years ago and will continue for the next 5 years with the same funding! Of course ELMS...
  5. D

    The Multiplier Effect

    £1 of taxpayer money given to the livestock farmer is of greater economic benefit to UK agriculture as a whole, than £1 given to the arable farmer. Discuss. Extra marks for showing any workings.
  6. R

    which industry of farming do you advise to get in?

    which industry of farming do people recon is the best paying e.g arable, dairy, pigs, sheep ext.
  7. H

    Will we be ploughing for re seeding in the future?

    With farmers taking the blame for wrecking the planet do you think we will be ploughing up permanent grassland to re seed?
  8. Cowabunga

    The squeeze on milk and meat continues...

    From https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-56807520 today. Radical new climate change commitments will set the UK on course to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, Boris Johnson will announce this week. Hitting the targets would require more electric cars, low-carbon heating, renewable...
  9. U

    Plant nursery business

    Hi, my relatives and I are about to obtain 20 acres or so of farmland in South Cambs which we would like to use for a plant nursery business. We're currently working on the business plan and are fishing for ideas. I just joined the forum wondering if I could perhaps be put in touch with students...
  10. L

    Food production incentives

    Question for those who have studied every defra proposal etc; In 5 years time will there be any incentives to produce food, need to know before I buy any more new shiney metal, apart from maybe a 12m topper?
  11. C

    Who's worried about the lack of rain?

    No significant amount of rain in the forecast. Should we be getting concerned yet?
  12. onthehoof

    No fencing grant for new hedgerows

    Apparently the goalposts have been moved, you can no longer get fencing grants for new hedgerows
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    I'm not an arable man but keep an eye on hat's happening and am interested in the way the industry is headed. A fella near us has been sowing spring barley after getting caught out in the back end and left with a few hundred unsown acres. Most fields were disced twice, subsoiled, roterrad...
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    Lime spreading rates.

    We've been talking about reduced lime spreading rates on the Beef & Lamb price tracker & thought it deserves it's own thread. @livestock 1 @Hilly @Highland Mule @Cab-over Pete @Skintagain @Kiwi Pete @Poorbuthappy Sorry if I've missed anyone who was in that conversation. Just to catch up...
  15. Farm Business RSS

    Farm Business Income report highlights a volatile year for farming

    Written by Iain Hoey The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has released the provisional figures for the 2020/2021 Farm Business Income report, which demonstrate the volatility farmers faced in a year defined by the Covid-19 pandemic. The forecasts for 2020/21, which are...
  16. Yorkshire lad

    Rent Review

    We have some land that we rent on an AHA is up for a review this year. It's typical heavy land so not suitable for roots ect . The landlord has appointed a new agent one of the large national ones. He came to view the land last week and said they were looking for an increase of about...
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    Future proofing

    Been thinking about the new elms scheme, restrictions on slurry and increasing number of dry periods and have come up with somewhat of a decent idea in my head and just want to see what other people think! Because I'm spring calving my thinking is that by the time they're housed in the winter...
  18. M

    Lump Sum Exit Scheme

    With the consultation due out on the exit scheme next week, is anyone interested in taking this payment and what would it need to be to incentivise you?
  19. bobk

    Anyone done Mid Tier themselves

    Not decrying my agent his fee but surely it can't be difficult ?
  20. D

    ELMS and livestock farms

    Just pointing to this on here for people who don't go in the other section. This is the opportunity to ensure ELMS cash goes where it should do. There will be little point moaning after the event...