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What’s been happening down on the farm? Tom’s update – 9 February 2024

A picture of Tom Eve, Farm Manager at P.X. FarmsLet’s take a look back at the last couple of weeks with Tom, P.X. Farms Farm Manager:

We’ve been busy doing maintenance work the last couple of weeks on machinery and our fields, as well as taking the opportunity in the last cold spell to get the winter wheat finished.  We’re looking forward to starting our fertiliser programme on all the crops, working in tandem with our regenerative agriculture practices.

Two of our eight-tonne Volvo Diggers have had routine management. Simon and I have been busy in the workshop checking the trailers for their Tilly tests – an important British Standard for trailer maintenance (BS 14200: 2023 Maintenance of Machinery – Specification).

With wet conditions, we’ve been clearing waterways, including the main arteries by the fields and roadside, preventing flooding and ensuring proper drainage.

Our new sheds are getting ready for use across two sites:

Even though we are only in February, we’re gearing up for harvest already with our new combine header that has just arrived at the farm:

Did you catch James’s interview? James appeared on TNT Radio to talk about the state of British farming in light of all the protests in mainland Europe.

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Let’s hope the weather starts drying out a bit.

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Get to know the P.X. Farms team – an interview with Kieran Robinson

In the world of agriculture, success isn’t just about what and how you grow or produce; it’s about who you grow and produce it with. Our team isn’t just a valuable asset but a source of innovation, dedication, and growth.

We’re celebrating our team members by sharing a little something about them to help you get to know us better. First to be interviewed: Kieran Robinson, one of our combine and spray drivers who also ensures the estate is well maintained. Let’s find out more:

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What’s been going on in the agricultural industry? 20 – 29 December 2023

Discover industry updates from the last week, handpicked. Let’s find out what’s been going on.

Labour does not intend to change inheritance taxes and agricultural property relief in the event that it wins the next election; A farmer is on a quest to figure out whether it’s possible to farm carbon as part of his Nuffield Farming Scholarship; Farmers in Suffolk have voiced concerns about the amount of support provided for food production versus environmental management.

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What’s been happening at P.X. Farms? Our end of the year 2023 update

As we draw a close to 2023, we’d like to thank all our clients and partners for working with us this past year, and wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. During the festive period, we will be closed from 22nd December 2023 and returning 2nd January 2024.

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What’s been going on in the agricultural industry? 14 – 20 December 2023

Discover industry updates from the last week, handpicked. Let’s find out what’s been going on.

A new price has been agreed on for the 2024-25 sugar beet contract between British Sugar and NFU Sugar; Farm charities throughout the UK will get funding from the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust following recent fundraising efforts; Applications are now open for a reward scheme celebrating women in farming, the National Women in Agriculture awards.

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What’s been going on in the agricultural industry? 6 – 14 December 2023

Discover industry updates from the last week, handpicked. Let’s find out what’s been going on.

A new treatment for onion seeds has been authorised on an emergency basis following efforts from the British Onion Producers Association, Horticulture Crop Protection UK and the British Society of Plant Breeders; tractor registrations dropped by a third in November 2023; British Sugar and NFU Sugar have not yet reached an arrangement around sugar beet negotiations.

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What’s been going on in the agricultural industry? 30 November – 6 December 2023

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Following a viral petition, MPs are going to debate changing the Grocery Supply Code of Practice; The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) committee are asking that more regulations are put in place to improve soil on agricultural land; Using a three year herbal ley may help farmers to reduce their use of nitrogen fertilisers by half, results from a recent trial show.

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What’s been going on in the agricultural industry? 22 – 30 November 2023

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A new project designed to grow baked beans in the UK has now advanced to its next phase, a move that could be beneficial towards creating more sustainable food options in the UK; New pea and bean varieties have been added to the Processors and Growers Research Organisation (PRGO) 2024 Descriptive List for pulses.

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What’s been going on in the agricultural industry? 14 – 22 November 2023

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New Defra figures show that the average business income by farm in England has risen from 2022-2023 in spite of the increased costs; farmers have expressed concerns about the minimal support for food production in comparison to environmental management at a roundtable by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA); farmers have been experiencing difficult harvests following the wet weather, with many people needing to adjust their plans for harvesting sugar beet.

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What’s been going on in the agricultural industry? 1 – 14 November 2023

Discover industry updates from the last week, handpicked. Let’s find out what’s been going on.

Defra has given instructions to the NFU and British Sugar to continue discussions about beet pricing; the government has been ‘neglecting’ the horticulture sector, according to the House of Lords; Steve Barclay has been appointed to the post of Defra Secretary following the resignation of Theresa Coffey.

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