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

Working Catchment Sensitive Farming and farmland wildlife options within Mid Tier
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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Mid-Tier - five minutes to change your mind

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Given my role, you will not be surprised to learn that I am almost fanatical about getting land managers and farmers to take a look at Countryside Ste...
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