Wildfarmed: Rewarding quality, not quantity

Clarkson’s Farm fans will have seen Andy Cato, of Groove Armada fame, on a recent episode of the hit show, encouraging Jeremy Clarkson to drill a field blending both wheat and beans. Kaleb Cooper certainly took some convincing, but unlike some of Jeremy’s own experiments, this is one which has some real science and thought behind it.

What lies beneath? One farmer’s quest to improve his soil health

It’s all change for Norfolk farmer David Cross as he works to explore the potential of livestock grazing to restore soil health. Sarah Juggins writes.

Give spring OSR the best start for greater profitability

Following a difficult winter, many growers will be relying on spring crops to deliver farm profits. For those drilling spring oilseed rape, getting the crops established and away quickly will be key to productivity. David McLellan, agronomist at Omya UK, says there are some quick wins growers can take advantage of.

The benefits of Calciprill – Insights from the UK

Delve deeper into the benefits of Omya Calciprill, a granulated soil conditioner made from high quality natural calcium carbonate.

Variable-rate nitrogen a valuable tool this spring

Variable-rate nitrogen applications could go some way to managing uneven growth of winter cereals and oilseeds following the continued wet weather and saturated soils, reckons Omnia digital farming manager, Aidan Monaghan.

Improve soils to manage extreme weather risks

More needs to be done to improve the resilience of soils in the face of increasingly extreme weather patterns, according to speakers at a recent water quality event for farmers in East Anglia.

Inter-row drill investment aids move to more sustainable farming

A Shropshire family farm is making a gradual move to regenerative farming and improved soil health with the help of a Weaving IR (inter-row) drill. David Williams reports.

Get the fundamentals right to give crops the best chance this spring

Whether you’ve been watching your winter sown crops suffer in the recent wet weather or you’re hanging out for spring planting, there’s one thing for sure – the healthier your soil, the better your crops will be able to withstand what the climate throws at them.

Expert shares advice on how to reduce soil compaction after wet winter 

While many farmers are ready to start spring cultivations, sowing and planting, their lands may still be flooded or saturated from heavy and prolonged winter rain, making the soil too wet to work. A Bush Tyres expert has shared a number of tips on how to handle farming work in current conditions.

Looking ahead to spring options

A delayed 2023 harvest, followed by a particularly wet autumn hampered winter drilling, so spring cropping could be the only option for those farmers severely affected.

Feeding late-drilled wheat key to driving yield

Late drilling of winter wheat has become an increasingly common practice across UK arable farms for controlling black-grass, for second wheats and crops that are being sown after sugar beet and potatoes, and requires careful management to ensure maximum yields can be met.

Organic fertiliser: 420kg increase of dry matter within one month on West Dorset Farm

In the heart of a West Dorset dairy farm, sustainability is at the forefront of farm management philosophy. Adam Holman serves as the dedicated assistant farm manager. Recognising the importance of responsible farming, Adam has taken significant steps to minimise the farm’s environmental impact. One such step is reducing reliance on chemical fertilisers, which can have adverse effects on the environment if not managed carefully.

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