1. yellowbelly

    You know you're getting old when............

    I really like the 'Harry's Farm' channel (is that the correct word?) on YouTube. He's a real sensible bloke and puts his (our) point of view over really well. I got a bit of a shock while watching his latest offering......... ..........there he was regaling us with his modern cereal...
  2. Bossfarmer

    how much are you REDUCING N rates????

    With the current explosion in fert prices how much N is everyone putting on their Spring barley and wheat and how much do they plan to reduce it to this year? Spring barley 2020 139kg N/ha 2021 112kg N/ha wheat 2020 215kg N/ha 2021 175kg N/ha
  3. Agriland RSS

    Farming sectors performing well in Northern Ireland

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Danske Bank’s head of agri-business, Rodney Brown, is confirming that most of Northern Ireland’s farming sectors are performing well at the present time. In addition, the excellent weather conditions are helping to extend the 2021 grazing season in a...
  4. Agriland RSS

    Maincrop potato harvest: Significant variation in yields reported

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Potato packer Wilson’s Country is confirming that approximately half of this year’s maincrop is now out of the ground. However, growers throughout the country are reporting significant variations in yields. “The weather has remained good over...
  5. N

    Can increasing soil carbon also increase soil CO2 back into atmosphere?

    Finally decided to sit down and try and get my head around 'banking soil carbon' and the whole soil C sequestration thing. We are trying to increase soil organic matter (OM) levels for all the positive benefits that go with that - better soil structure, better drainage, better nutrient cycling...
  6. L

    Higher FBTs and larger first payments to the landowners on CFA's.

    Just looking across the pond this seems to be happening on the back of strong commodity prices .How long before the high profits reported on here translate into more aggressive bidding war between agri businesses ? Granted one Swallow doesn't make a summer but planting has been kind for most...
  7. Henarar

    Fertilizer price a good thing for farmers ?

    Would it be a good thing for farmers in the longer term if the global price of fertilizer was high, say around £1000 per ton ?
  8. Direct Driller Magazine

    Could living mulch be the ‘holy grail’ of arable farming?

    Could living mulch be the ‘holy grail’ of arable farming? Written by Pete Williams from The Soil Association A team of six farmers is trialling growing a living mulch under cash crops – if they’re successful, they say the practice could eliminate the need for artificial inputs, cut costs...
  9. Direct Driller Magazine

    Traditional Arable Business Model in Question?

    Traditional Arable Business Model in Question? Written by Gary Markham, Land Family Business 147% of the profit of the average arable farm is BPS Farming is embarking on a period of change that most of the current generation of farmers have not experienced. Moving from the comfort of area...
  10. T

    Afghanistan kids starving

    UNICEF advertising on TV that kids in Afghanistan are suffering from malnutrition and looking for money How can this be the case after only 2 Months since withdrawal?
  11. topground

    SFI Pilot Agreement contract.

    Set out below is the text of the agreement DEFRA expect me to sign to be part of the Sustainable Farming Incentive Pilot (SFI Pilot) Agreement with my details omitted. The poll is for fun (perhaps) DEFRA expect me to sign this without knowing what the payment rates will be over a three year...
  12. Direct Driller Magazine

    OSR monitoring reaches new heights

    New software that uses a drone to image crops has been developed to help farmers walk crops more quickly and accurately. Skippy Scout has been developed by farming technology specialist Drone Ag to monitor a variety of broad acre crops. The latest developments in the software’s version 2.5...
  13. Direct Driller Magazine

    Does Grazing Cover Crops Negatively Impact Soil and Crop Yields?

    Does Grazing Cover Crops Negatively Impact Soil and Crop Yields? Written by Lindsey Anderson, Humberto Blanco, Mary Drewnoski and Jim MacDonald, Published in CropWatch from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Separation of crop and livestock production can degrade soil and other natural...
  14. Agriland RSS

    Deep thinking from Rauch with latest machine

    Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland Making machines that spread fertiliser has always been the primary business of Rauch. That focus has shifted a little as its latest offering is designed to place granules up to 25cm below the soil surface. Known as DeePot 25.1, the applicator has...
  15. Pan mixer

    Future of Farming Worshipful Company of Farmers

    Dieter Helm, love him or question him, has had a huge influence on the Environment Bill that will be altering the lives of those involved in Agriculture UK probably more than the Agriculture Act when it is passed into law. The idea of what British Agriculture and the countryside and all those...
  16. AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds

    WASDE tightens wheat

    Yesterday, the USDA released, amongst other reports, its latest global supply and demand estimates. The report tightened the outlook further for wheat, taking the stocks-to-use of the crop to 35.2%, [1]still the tightest point since 2015/16. Excluding China, stocks-to-use is at the tightest...
  17. Agriland RSS

    Grouping cows is key to achieving good feed efficiency

    Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland Having good feed efficiency is key to achieving profitable milk production during the winter period from autumn-calving cows. Winter milk production usually involves more concentrates being fed to cows. Concentrates are expensive so it is important...
  18. Direct Driller Magazine

    A deeper insight into soil - gamma ray spectroscopy

    Over the last two years there has been an evolution in the way that soil nutrient mapping is carried out. This has been driven by the launch of TerraMap by Hutchinsons in 2019. Terramap came at the perfect timing for farmers looking for that next level of accuracy in understanding their soils in...
  19. Direct Driller Magazine

    Why producing a microbial inoculant with a Johnson-Su bioreactor could increase productivity on regenerative farms

    Johnson-Su bioreactors have become all the rage on some regenerative farms. But what are they and how do you use them? Written By Mike Abram If first lockdown was all about building a firepit from spare discs, last autumn saw a surge in the construction of Johnson-Su bioreactors being...
  20. Farm Business RSS

    Tyre technologies through the ages: Continental looks back on its history in agricultural tyres

    Written by John Swire from Farm Business As it marks 150 years of tyre manufacturing, Continental is celebrating a rich heritage that included the first pneumatic application for tractors whilst championing future-proofing technology that pushes the boundaries of performance and efficiency...