Innovation Delve – The revolution begins



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Automation and AI in the world of agriculture are progressing at a jaw-dropping rate – with all signs pointing towards such tech becoming an imperative part of farming systems in the not-too-distant future. CPM finds out more. We’re not just looking at a fourth agricultural revolution anymore – I believe we’ve started it. By Charlotte Cunningham Technical shows and events have long been the traditional place to debut new technology and kit in agriculture, and though COVID has prevented these launches during the majority of 2020, it hasn’t stemmed the thirst for progression. However, there are often questions over how we take the technology from the show stand to the farm, and when it gets there, just how useful is it really going to be? For Lincs grower, Andrew Ward, integrating new technology into his business has proved to be critical from both a crop production point of view, and financially. Andrew Ward believes the UK will become less reliant on chemistry and more so on robotics in the not too distant future. Over the past few years, Andrew has been making use of a number of technologies, including on-farm weather stations to capture rainfall, humidity, and soil temperature,…
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Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...