soil health

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    End of the Road for Small Livestock Farms?

    I buy store cattle off some small local farms and always try to help them out with bull hire or dehorning and TB testing. Yesterday when I went to see some yearlings on one of these farms that is only around 50 acres of old established permanent grass and a reasonable shed, the owners said that...
  2. Farm Business RSS

    Cornwall’s ‘Future Farm’ showcased while G7 puts county in spotlight

    Written by Lydia Turner Coinciding with the G7, Future Farm at Duchy College, which uses the latest agriculture technology to research efficient and sustainable farming methods, is one of the projects being showcased this week. Representatives from the Agri-Tech Cornwall Project and Truro-based...
  3. CPM RSS

    Events Showcase – A sustainable agenda

    Written by cpm Download PDF With a jam-packed schedule planned over the two days, CPM takes a look at some key themes of the seminar programme ahead of this year’s Cereals Event. We have some of the top researchers, scientists and farmers coming together. By Charlotte Cunningham Rarely a day...
  4. Agriland RSS

    Arla Foods to test the feasibility of using biochar commercially in agriculture

    Written by William Kellett A consortium of eight organisations, including farmer owned dairy cooperative Arla Foods UK, has been awarded funding as a part of the government’s Direct Air Capture and Greenhouse Gas Removal Technologies competition. The project will test the feasibility of using...
  5. Agriland RSS

    NFU Scotland surveys potato growers ahead of levy board changes

    Written by William Kellett NFU Scotland is urging potato growers to complete its survey to identify what functions carried out by the industry’s statutory levy body – AHDB Potatoes – are most valued ahead of body being wound down. A ballot was held earlier this year, asking levy payers if they...
  6. Farm Business RSS

    Farming is relearning what it forgot

    Written by John Swire The agricultural sector is returning to knowledge from more than a century ago, but with updated science and technology, says a co-author of The Agricultural Notebook. The Notebook, which is widely regarded as ‘the Bible’ for every agricultural student, farmer, and...
  7. Agriland RSS

    NIAB Soil Hole to be demonstrated at Cereals

    Written by William Kellett Most farmers will dig a hole to assess their soil health, but it’s not often they get the chance to literally get below ground to assess the impact of different crops on soil structure. However, at this year’s Cereals Event (June 30 – July 1) in Lincolnshire, farmers...
  8. Agriland RSS

    ‘Guardians of the Welsh Land’ campaign to highlight positive impact of farming on the environment

    Written by William Kellett The Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) has said that the increasingly negative narrative around livestock farming and its portrayed impact on the environment and climate change has led to farmers in Wales standing up to tell their stories, and highlight the positive impact...
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    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.
  10. Agriland RSS

    ‘Per plant farming’ with Tom, Dick and Harry

    Written by Justin Roberts ‘Per plant farming’ is the rationale that underlines the creation and ongoing development of the Small Robot Company based near Salisbury in the UK. Rather than look at a tractor and work out how to automate it, the company has started with the question of how...
  11. Agriland RSS

    New Tree Health Pilot scheme to launch this summer

    Written by William Kellett The government has launched plans to provide grants to land managers – including farmers – to take action against tree pests and diseases which attack trees, woods and forests. Owners and managers of trees and woodlands in England are being encouraged to take part in...
  12. 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 .
  13. 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...
  14. Direct Driller Magazine

    A Food Processors View: Does Regen Ag Matter?

    Does Regen Ag matter? Written by Richard Pike from COOK A broken System My interest in sustainable food began somewhere in the mid 2000’s when, working for a UK farming group, we ended up importing lettuce into the UK, by air, in spring, to satisfy the demands of a major customer. I was...
  15. Bossfarmer

    All grass with straw for muck deals OR all cereals!

    The direction of travel with farm support in the uk seems clear it seems i was right about brexit, that said what is now the way forward on mixed farms? no support leaves a big cut in net profit, whether your still making anything or not depends on prices either way nobody wants to make less...
  16. 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...
  17. News

    What to do about the lack of grass?

    Despite rainfall in early May across the UK, farmers are faced with limited grass growth for this time of year. Wynnstay grass and roots manager, Colin Jones, says although welcomed, this wet weather is still a little too late to offset the lack of grass many are currently faced with. “With...
  18. Andrew B

    Soil carbon is a highly flawed climate policy ?

    These two articles by By David Pannell ( from Australia) has certainly made me think https://www.pannelldiscussions.net/2021/04/346-soil-carbon-1/ https://www.pannelldiscussions.net/2021/05/347-soil-carbon-2/ The comments section is worth reading too as I believe these policies are going to...
  19. Defra Farming

    In conversation with a soil health pioneer

    In conversation with a soil health pioneer Written by Janet Hughes https://www.buzzsprout.com/1657363/8311877-janet-hughes-and-gabe-brown-the-six-principles-of-soil-health.mp3 In this month's Future Farming podcast, Janet Hughes talks to Gabe Brown. Gabe has been named one of the...
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    Looking For Work Cover Crop Establishment Shropshire

    With harvest soon approaching, do you want a cover crop growing to mop up an residual N, supress weeds, improve soil health and drainage. With establishment as little of £15/ ac, MJC Agri Services has a wide range of seed mixes which also complies with the new environmental agreements. MJC Agri...
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