1. Dave645

    US Low carbon beef. . .

    https://www.lowcarbonranch.com/ https://www.wired.co.uk/article/low-carbon-beef now as a concept I give them full marks, if it’s actually run in a remotely sensible way It’s not a stupid concept giving value to low carbon products is not foolish. I also think it’s dangerously misleading, if...
  2. B

    How Do You Clean Your Tractor, Or Dont You?

    With the price of farm machinery getting more expensive by the day, it , in my opinion pays to try to look after it, if you are lucky to afford to by a brand new tractor, do you first, like me put seat covers on?, do you try to wash the outside of the tractor to keep it looking smart and stop...
  3. TFF

    What Is Regenerative Agriculture? doi.org/10.3389/fsufs.2020.577723

    What Is Regenerative Agriculture? A Review of Scholar and Practitioner Definitions Based on Processes and Outcomes Authors: Peter Newton, Nicole Civita, Lee Frankel-Goldwater, Katharine Bartel and Colleen Johns Regenerative agriculture is an alternative means of producing food that, its...
  4. T

    bredal 4 vane lime disc kit

    hi, just wondering if anyone is using the 4 vane lime discs and lime down shoot for spreading artificial fertilizer? i was wondering if i could use mine to spread fert at 18m?
  5. Aspiring Peasants

    Grass vs cake

    Talking sheep here. It's been a largely accepted doctrine that grass is good and cake is bad. I've always thought this is over simplistic because the cost of grass should include rent field maintenance etc. However ignoring that, with fertilizer at £700 to £800 per ton the cost of producing...
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  7. 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...
  8. K

    We would love to hear your feedback on a new Severn Trent Fertiliser we're developing

    Hi all My name is Katie Meehan and I work as a Product and Service Designer for Severn Trent. As a company which is constantly striving to do the right thing in order to help respond to our ever changing climate, we have identified an opportunity using new technology to develop a new...
  9. Farm Business RSS

    Innovation and environment predicted as key trends for dairy farming in 2022

    Written by Iain Hoey from Farm Business Kare-Gunnar Floystad, business development manager at N2 Applied, has predicted that innovation, environmental concerns, precision farming and greenwashing will be key issues for dairy farmers in 2022. Ms Floystad predicted that UK policy that supports...
  10. D

    Public Accounts Committee enquiry into ELMS

    Have just received the Public Accounts Committee report on ELMS, and associated press release. I think 'damning' pretty much covers it. It is embargoed until Sunday so will post on here then, just starting a thread now in case anyone else who has had it is less worried about such niceties and...
  11. CORK

    Gravel drive at my house

    Hi all, I have a gravel drive at my house. I’m finding that it tends to pack tight over time where cars travel on it. We’re thinking of changing the type/colour of gravel so any advice would be appreciated. I want to stick with gravel because of cost and I don’t need any drains or shores.
  12. TFF

    Challenges and Approaches in Microbiome Research Front. Plant Sci., 17 August 2018

    Challenges and Approaches in Microbiome Research: From Fundamental to Applied Authors: Chrysi Sergaki, Beatriz Lagunas, Ian Lidbury, Miriam L. Gifford and Patrick Schäfer We face major agricultural challenges that remain a threat for global food security. Soil microbes harbor enormous...
  13. cotswoldcs

    Fertiliser on Countryside Stewardship Options

    We signed up for a new 5 year Mid Tier agreement which should start this January. I'm annoyed that I have yet to hear from RPA that I have been accepted but that's another story! Some of our CS Options require fertiliser to be applied at a specific rate (AB9 for example requires 50Kg N/ha)...
  14. Joshie

    Sulky DPX grass seed

    Evening, I was wondering if anyone has any experience of using a dpx 70ans spreader to sow grass seed? Only got 3 acres to do in spring but would be nice to have a go and get it set up well with the intention of doing some more later in the year and next year. Looks like i need a flow reducer...
  15. TFF

    Microbiome Selection Could Spur Next-Generation Plant Breeding Strategies Front. Microbiol., 07 December 2016

    Microbiome Selection Could Spur Next-Generation Plant Breeding Strategies Authors: Murali Gopal* and Alka Gupta Microbiology Section, ICAR-Central Plantation Crops Research Institute, Kasaragod, India “No plant is an island too…” Plants, though sessile, have developed a unique strategy to...
  16. le bon paysan


    Of Popcorn in the EU as 400 million + kick back to watch the chaos at the border next week. 🍿 https://theconversation.com/brexit-what-the-uk-eu-customs-changes-mean-for-businesses-from-january-1-174097
  17. Direct Driller Magazine

    What Do You Read? Issue 15

    What do you read? If you are like us, then you don’t know where to start when it comes to other reading apart from farming magazines. However, there is so much information out there that can help us understand our businesses, farm better and understand the position of non-farmers. We have...
  18. jh.

    Direct Driller lime article

    Trying to get my head around this . Surface area "Per metric ton" , so what rate of prilled would be needed to match a ground rate of 5ton a hec. Never used prilled so no idea on how much a ton even costs compared to a bulk wagon tipped for a lime spreader but surely the cost of a prilled...
  19. Banana Bar

    Fish hydrolasate

    Has anyone used this, any comments? BB
  20. Direct Driller Magazine

    Industrial Hemp - Understanding the Opportunity for UK farmers

    This article was “Written by Camilla Hayselden-Ashby, Nuffield Scholar 2021 Hemp, Cannabis with a low level of the psychoactive compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), has seen a global upsurge in interest in the last decade. This has been driven by the growing popularity of CBD as a food...