Direct Driller Magazine Issue 3

For all those on the mailing list, Direct Driller Issue 3 was sent to digitally on the 20th June. It can be read here and you will see it has grown to 100 pages, which is where we expect it to stay going forward.

https://issuu.com/directdriller/docs/direct_driller_magazine_issue_3

All the magazines will be delivered to the office tomorrow and we will be getting them back in the post as quickly as possible, so expect them this week to start hitting doorsteps.

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Contents of Issue 3

Introduction .....................................................4
Soil Organic Matter and Climate Change ............................6
Featured Farmer: David White ....................................10
Choosing between Direct Drilling Openers .........................12
Alternative Weed Control ........................................16
3rd Annual Groundswell Show ....................................26
The Albrecht Method............................................30
Putting Grass back into your Farming System .......................32
Nutrient Stratification............................................34
Beneficial Microorganisms in Agriculture............................37
Low cost No-Till drill for 600 acres.................................42
New Autonomous Machines......................................44
Farmer Focus: Steve Lear.........................................47
Grazing Cropped Land ...........................................49
Is the Future Boilogical Fertilizers..................................54
Benchmarking Costs in Rural Businesses ...........................56
How to Become a Soil Health Expert...............................59
Farmer Focus: Clive Bailye........................................62
Stepwise Move to No-Till.........................................65
AHDB Monitor Farm Launch......................................68
AHDB: To Till, or not to Till .......................................72
AHDB: Soil Assessment Methods..................................77
Want to Assess your Soil Health?..................................79
#30 Minute Worms..............................................80
Spring 2018 Earthworm Survey Results ............................81
Farmer Focus: Tom Sewell ........................................89
Soil Farmers of the Year 2018.....................................90
Upcoming Events................................................97
Classifieds......................................................98
 

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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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