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Farmer Focus: Huge New Zealand flood wreaks havoc

Canterbury has a bad habit of breaking extended dry spells with a deluge, and it sure did this spectacularly on 31 May. In Valetta, we received 260mm of rain in…

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Farmer Focus: Pre-harvest machinery prep is in full swing

The pre-harvest machinery preparation is in full swing. Trailers have been serviced and are just awaiting a brake test to ensure they are safe. We are replacing some wearing metal…

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Farmer Focus: Strong straw price means baler will be out

It’s raining, so it's my first day in the office for weeks, thank goodness. As I look out the window at the good steady rain falling, it gives me a…

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Farmer Focus: T1 gamble may not pay off this year

For once, it looks like the eastern part of the country is experiencing wetter conditions than the West. I am sure, however, that as harvest gets closer normal service will…

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Farmer Focus: Time to turn our attention to cereal harvest

June weather on the whole has suited Euston. A nice drop of rain kept winter crops green and assisted good spring crop growth. Indeed, most of the sins of last…

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Farmer Focus: Crops back after battling frost and winds

We have seen a huge improvement in our crops in the past month. Crops went from frost- and wind-ravaged to dark green and full of potential after welcome rainfall in…

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Farmer focus: Fertiliser prices an uninspiring start to season

It feels like first cut is only just in the shed and we’re ready to pick up second cut. Yield prospects look good due to the warm weather interspersed with…

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Farmer Focus: Rationality and grain trade seldom go together

The past few weeks have provided excellent opportunities to view the surrounding fields from the bike saddle. What’s very clear is that the blackgrass problem hasn’t gone away. A bit…

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Farmer Focus: Life is getting sweeter with new farm bee hives

Life on the farm at Belvoir is about to get a whole lot sweeter with the arrival of our very first beehives. Special thanks must go to Donya from Peacock…

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Farmer Focus: Septoria leaf test saves £4,000 on fungicides

Half term was spent with the family. Normally, I have to physically remove myself from the area to be able to switch off, but this holiday we just relaxed in…

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Farmer Focus: Concerned at the amount of grain left in store

We are more than halfway through our spring inter-row hoeing and undersowing campaign, with all the early-March planting done. Only the later crops remain. These plants could actually do with…

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Farmer Focus: Hard to believe recent machinery price rises

May turned out to be very unlike spring, with rain virtually every day, cold winds and a lack of sunshine. The past few days have been a vast improvement, with…

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