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  1. Farm Business RSS

    RW Crawford offer KTWO spreaders and trailers across their south east England depots

    Written by John Swire British manufacturer of high-quality agricultural muck spreaders and trailers, Ktwo, are pleased to announce that R W Crawford will offer the full Ktwo range across all their South England Depots from 1st June 2021. R W Crawford Agricultural Machinery was founded by Bob...
  2. beardface

    Shearing 2021

    Got about half the ewes done. Will finish the rest at end of week beginning of next. Not shearing to bad. Not seen any maggots yet, in fact not really seen many flies. How's everyone else getting on?
  3. W

    Blackgrass chemical attack

    I know there’s another general BG thread but this is just a particular question about chemicals. Basically what are your ‘chemical’ approaches to BG. We aren’t doing a proper job so looking for ideas please.
  4. F

    Subsoil, pan buster, mole plough etc ?

    Heavy clay soils what's the best routine to keep soils well aerated and to keep the drainage tip top.
  5. Ormond

    Lush spring barley

    I've some very lush spring barley....It's around gs 30/31....was thinking of pgr of either 1l/ccc/ha with 0.15/0.2 of moddus or canopy around 0.3/0.4....any help would be appreciated....had plenty of N so needs shortened a bit going forward and thickening of the stems as the tiller count is...
  6. ZXR17

    Fibrophos v Sewage sludge

    Which is the best for raising phosphate indices ? I use both but Sewage sludge is becoming a real pain with damage caused to tracks and fields when tipped in wet conditions . There is also the smell issues when spread and also the not so beneficial ' extras ' that come with it .
  7. Direct Driller Magazine

    For when the chips are down

    For when the chips are down – preserving UK soil microbial biodiversity for sustainable agriculture A UK wheat crop – one of the six to have its microbiome held and curated as part of the UK Crop Microbiome Cryobank (Credit: Pixabay). Written by Wayne Coles at CABI Scientists from the UK’s...
  8. Cowabunga

    So much for extended grazing. The Spring deluge.

    For the first time in at least a couple of decades I've had to rehouse the cows in late May, day and night, because it is so wet and cold for them and they are making an unacceptable mess of the fields and pastures. Also it is probably only the third or fourth time in the last 40 years that...
  9. A

    Drainage trencher

    Got some heavy ground needs a bit of drainage. No stones or rocks through any of it and I'm thinking a trencher might be the job for it rather than a 360. Any of you guys over here in N.I know anyone who runs a trencher for drainage work?
  10. JasmineHughes

    KWS need your insight!

    We need you! We breed new varieties specifically for the UK market, and need your feedback to ensure we’re delivering products and services that help meet the challenges you face on farm and set you up to achieve the greatest success. We know it’s not always fun filling in surveys, so we’ve...
  11. Will Blackburn

    Maize 2021

    Could be disappointing, I have one light field in with stronger land waiting for dry weather. I could have drilled a month ago but soil temperatures were very low, I'm not seeing any evidence yet that we missed a trick as nothing is showing for earlier sowings. It looks very likely that some of...
  12. D

    transplanting veg plants into stubble by hand

    I'm in a bit of a situation in that I've 18,000 veg plants, growing like crazy & its too wet to plough, till & plant. What would happen if I planted them by hand now into last years cereal stubble?
  13. beardface

    The future of arable farming

    I've been thinking lately about the debate around food production and how arable farming seems to escape the negativity at the moment. Are large monocultures grown intensively on the best acres the answer to sustainable food production? I don't think so. The reality is that an allotment...
  14. shumungus

    Spraying Docks and associated weeds on grassland.

    Been quoted £110/£120 per 5l of Forefront. what mixes out there would do the same job for less money. What is that like as a price for Forefront?
  15. jacobl741

    Time between spraying and mowing

    Spraying some of our mowing fields with doxstar pro, how long ideally should this be left before it’s mown? Cheers
  16. Direct Driller Magazine

    Putting Covers into Context

    Cover and catch cropping may work well for many managing lighter and erosion-prone soils but for those on heavier and more difficult ground they remain very far from the answer to any sort of maiden’s prayer The right covers managed in the right way can help structure even the most challenging...
  17. Direct Driller Magazine

    New Analysis aims to Unlock Soil Health

    Written by Dan Robinson from Eurofins We have created new soil tests that will help farmers and agronomists understand their soil in a more detailed way than ever before. The tests have been launched in the UK and Ireland to provide chemical, physical, and biological insight, offering farmers...
  18. Direct Driller Magazine

    What do you Read? (Issue 12)

    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 listed a few more...
  19. GAM

    Dandelions!

    Is it the year of the "Dandelion"? I have a field this year absolutely covered in dandelions, never had any for the past 5 years!
  20. Sid

    Paying farmers a lump sum to retire

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-57149744 Average farmer could get 50k with the largest landowners getting 100k Average farmer gets 21k per year "Older farmers are often most resistant to new "green" methods, and Environment Secretary George Eustice wants them to move on" "The...
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