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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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...