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Potatoes in Practice

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Kings attended Potatoes in Practice this month, the UK's largest field-based potato event. Held at The James Hutton Institute's Balruddery Farm in Dun...
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What would Dragons' Den make of agriculture?

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This blog was first featured as an article in the August issue of Three Counties Farmer Since beginning these monthly columns back in March, I think w...
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Are you thinking about companion crops?

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​ Well, harvest is flying! Crops are in the barn much earlier than usual which gives us more time to think about how best to tackle oilseed rape estab...
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Countryside Stewardship - is it for you?

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As I sit here writing this blog in my office, from the corner of my eye I can see a fairly substantial pile of paperwork relating to the ten-or-so Cou...
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Be inspired for fresh start in post-harvest

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This blog was first featured as an article in the July issue of Three Counties Farmer Once again, I write this during yet another change in the weathe...
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Best practice for warm weather and high temperatures

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With the hot and dry weather set to continue, Kings sales manager, Richard Barnes, discusses the impact for game cover and wild bird seed crops across...
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Take care of your farm’s biggest asset

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This article was first published in the June edition of 3 Counties Farmer I've been told on many occasions the best time to plant a tree was 40 years ...
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When is best to drill your game and stewardship crops?

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With the sun shining and spring positively blooming just now, many growers will be overcome with the itch to start drilling. However, it's worth askin...
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Will cover crops benefit farmers north of the border?

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With the environmental and agronomic benefits they bring, it is not surprising that cover crops have become increasingly popular throughout the UK. Ho...
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Thoughts from the field

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Over the last two weeks, my travels have taken me as far as the Scottish Borders right down to glorious Exmoor. Along the way I've been stopping off t...
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Crucial considerations for successful spring crop establishment following cover crops

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By now, most farmers have destroyed their cover crops and are waiting for the 'ideal' time to drill their spring crops. On heavy land however, that 'i...
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Working Catchment Sensitive Farming and farmland wildlife options within Mid Tier

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Following Michael Gove's recent speech at the Oxford Farming Conference in which he began to outline the future direction of agricultural policy in En...
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The Big Farmland Bird Count

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With winter in full swing and farmland birds seeking out all of the opportunities on farm to feed themselves, now is the time to see how they are fari...
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Exploring your options for cover crop desiccation

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At this point in the New Year (and if you haven't already) it's time to plan how you're going to break down your cover crop. While it's true that fros...
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Simplified offers for new Countryside Stewardship Agreements

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The complexities of the Countryside Stewardship Scheme have been well documented. They range from an over-complicated application process and onerous ...
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Top tips if you're starting to supplementary feed

As temperatures plummet across the UK this week – and for pretty much the first time this winter – it's timely to begin spreading supplementary seed i...
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Get a precise focus on your EFAs

Changes are ahead for Ecological Focus Areas (EFAs). However, by taking a more precise approach to tailor the farm areas allocated to EFAs and choosin...
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Grey partridges need you

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After a long and protracted harvest for many we are now seeing fields cleared leaving land and farm managers who have an interest in farmland wildlife...
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Accepting EFA changes... and embracing them!

The latest Ecological Focus Area (EFA) changes announced for 2018 have caused much speculation among my colleagues and growers too. In particular, peo...
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Hedgerows and woodland - Get ahead, get a plan

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The annual period during which landowners are prevented from cutting hedges under cross-compliance recently came to an end. With this important annual...
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