On Farm Opinion – Weather the weather


Written by Tom Allen-Stevens

Download PDF The Climate Corporation’s FieldView has brought a remarkable level of precision to US maize growers, but will it do so here in the UK? CPM visits an early user to get an insight. What I really like about this is that I get access in real time to the harvesting operation. By Tom Allen-Stevens Arriving at the Down Ampney Estate near Cirencester, Glos, in the pummelling winter rain, you pass sodden, puddled fields of Cotswold brash, supporting the odd, sad-looking volunteer and precious little planted wheat. How valuable would a system be that gathered reams of relevant data from the world’s weather patterns, and gave you an accurate recommendation on when to plant those fields and with what? Kieran Walsh, agronomist with Velcourt, has been trialling a system that may be able to do exactly that. For the past season he’s been using Climate FieldView, a digital farming package currently used mainly across North and South America. Pioneered by The Climate Corporation (see below), the company is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayer. So joining him to find out how he’s got on are Michael Muncey, Bayer’s head of UK and Ireland operations, and south west agronomy…
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Man fined £300 for bonfire-related waste offences

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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...