We’re starting to pull together regular blog posts to showcase a handpicked collection of industry articles – all free to read. Let’s find out what’s been going on the past couple of weeks.
Farmer’s Weekly shares guidance on how to keep wheat disease under control now that the prices of fungicides are rapidly soaring. With uncertainties about the Black Sea corridor renewal for exports from Ukraine, UK wheat prices are taking the fall. In addition, the Lincolnshire Farming Conference is returning in 2023. Meanwhile, new technologies could pave the future of the British farming industry.
Advice on controlling wheat disease as fungicide prices rise
With the cost of fungicides rising, how can farmers control wheat disease? Farmer’s Weekly shares guidance on controlling wheat disease, including making strategic decisions on spending on fungicides.
Simple vehicle safety steps to protect your farm and future
A staggering number of deaths happen each year in the agriculture industry. Keep yourselves safe with this article from Farmer’s Weekly.
Fickle UK wheat prices bear the brunt of volatile global markets
There has been increasing pressure on wheat prices in the UK. With the global grain market in a volatile state due to the uncertainties about the Black Sea corridor renewal for exports from Ukraine, unfortunately, the UK’s wheat prices have paid the price. Farmer’s Weekly shares more.
BPS 2023 now open for applications in England
Applications are now open for farmers in England for the Basic Payment Scheme this year. The application window is from Tuesday, 14 March, until Monday, 15 May.
“Some welcome news, some missed opportunities” in the spring budget for farming
The spring budget was announced by Chancellor Hunt on 15 March 2023. Many are happy to see extensions on the energy price guarantee, though some are concerned about how little action has been taken on frozen tax thresholds and green incentives. Farmers Guide shares more.
NIAB research helps growers prioritise grass weed control
Research has drawn attention to the importance for farmers to target grass weeds in their crops now rather than waiting until later in the season. The same research highlights the Axial Pro’s role in controlling grass weeds at the start of the growing process.
Lincolnshire Farming Conference returns with ‘Healthy soils, Healthy minds’ theme
For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lincolnshire Farming Conference is coming back. This year’s theme centres around a key theme, ‘healthy soils, healthy minds.’ The theme is designed to illustrate how healthy soil and healthy minds are compatible, drawing attention to the fact that soil health issues are likely having a massive effect on farmers. Farmers Guide shares more.
Scientists discover novel gene in hope for bolstered food security
How can crops use energy more effectively? Scientists have found that there may be a crucial gene in crops that help them to be more efficient in their energy usage. This information could be a massive contributor to global food security in the future. Farming UK shares more.
20 – 27 March 2023
Benefits of undersowing maise for soil, water and grazing
What are the best conditions for growing maise? Tom Kimber of Higher Stavordale Farm shares the advantages of undersowing maise.
Gene-edited crops move closer after bill gains royal assent
We may see more gene-edited food crops grown and developed on farms in the UK. Parliament has recently released a bill to encourage more gene-edited crops to be developed. However, similar bills are yet to be approved in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Vertical farming business wins funding for large London site
Could vertical farming be a common occurrence in the future? Harvest London, a company specialising in vertical farming, has recently received funding to set up a 140,000 square feet site in South London. Farmer’s Weekly shares more.
Trials to investigate sulphur-based fungicide programmes
Sulphur-based fungicide programmes are demonstrating that these kinds of fungicides may be ideal for farmers. Trials have shown that these fungicides work well against mildew and come with a range of other benefits. Farmer’s Guardian shares more.
Innovative farming technologies awarded £9.13 million in funding
AI and robotics could make a major difference to the farming industry, with three innovative new projects surrounding automation and robotics receiving funding.
Entries are now open for the 2023 British Farming Awards
Could you be the winner of an award in this year’s British Farming Awards? Applications are now open for farmers throughout the UK.
How are you handling the recent changes to the farming industry in the UK?
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