Agriculture


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Kubota - tractor on field

With an ever-increasing number of farmers choosing to diversify, one message that often gets lost in translation is the fact that diversification doesn’t necessarily mean abandoning all agricultural roots. Instead, it can be about spotting a gap in the market, recognising that you can fill it and modifying or even just expanding your business in order to do so. 

This is exactly what North Norfolk based pig farmer and owner of North Farm Livestock, Michael Baker decided to do. 

North Farm Livestock was founded in 1982 and initially operated as an indoor pig producer. The business moved to outdoor production in the 1990’s as part of a pioneering trail and a seen opportunity to expand their product offering. It subsequently expanded its outdoor breeding and finishing operations to become a key supplier of free-range Hampshire pig products to a major UK based supermarket.

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agriculture equipment

AGCO Finance, a global provider of financing solutions for agricultural equipment, today launched its white paper on the potential of Servitization for the agriculture industry. Despite Servitization has already settled within several industries and showcased numerous advantages, its maturity level within agriculture is still low. AGCO Finance however, firmly believes in the value of this concept and bundled its observations and own experiences into a white paper. Through this report the company aims to support its customers to optimally prepare their businesses for this trend and to leverage the benefits it can provide.

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Innovative water-saving device from Yorkshire

An innovative agricultural device invented in Yorkshire, which maximises water retention for crops by up to 99 per cent to boost crop yields, has been nominated for a national farming award.

Launched by Aquagronomy Ltd, the Wheel Track Roller Combi has been developed by retired Yorkshire farmer Charles Creyke and has made the shortlist of the British Farming Awards in the category of Machinery Innovator of the Year. Charles recognised the problem of large tractors and heavy machines causing universal compaction of soil which restricts the infiltration of water, resulting in flooding.

The Wheel Track Roller Combi is a practical solution for farmers to reduce surface water run-off and can be used for a range of horticultural and agricultural crops. The self-cleaning Wheel Track Roller, which has proven itself during extensive trials backed by Government sponsors including Defra and The Environment Agency, features a uniquely shaped plastic roller which forms angled, elongated reservoirs holding the surface water until it naturally drains into the root systems of the adjoining crop.

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Dynamic female strawberry grower proves sustainability and quality can go hand in hand when it comes to fruit production.

Dynamic female strawberry grower proves sustainability and quality can go hand in hand when it comes to fruit production.

With increasing pressure from consumers for low environmental impact, premium quality fresh ingredients, Yorkshire Strawberry grower, Annabel Makin - Jones, has been striving to produce sustainable yet excellent quality fruit for the British market from her family farm. Over the past 15 years she has been refining the process to ensure the carbon footprint of the strawberries is as low as possible whilst still providing the best possible berries. Her new ecofriendly brand is not only sold in 100% biodegradeable packaging but the Princes Trust benefit from the sale of every punnet.

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room using vertical farming with pink lights

Netled Oy, Finnish specialists in vertical farming systems and greenhouse lighting solutions, have signed a long-term framework agreement with Astwood Infrastructure to supply equipment for industrial-scale vertical farms. Read what this means for vertical farming here. 

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crops grown in vertical farming

Vertical farming; agriculture’s latest innovative solution to helping producers provide crops regardless of land reduction and stock demand. Here you can read how vertical farming can be used in farm diversification for the production of beer.

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Forklift brush cleaning farm flooring

Barry Crackett, from cleaning brushware retailer Brushtec, tells us why cleaning our farm flooring is important and what we can use to clean our floors effectively.

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EFI Engines - Club Cadet Logo

The electronic fuel injection (EFI) engine fitted to the Cub Cadet Enduro Series lawn tractors provides greatly reduced fuel use and lower emissions allied to significantly improved power performance.

Electronic fuel injection replaces the need for a carburettor that mixes air and fuel. The engine control unit monitors the engine sensors and determines the precise amount of fuel that needs to be delivered to meet the power demand. The EFI injects fuel directly into the engine’s manifold or cylinder using electronic controls. This spraying action is more effective at mixing the fuel for improved efficiency. The engine on the Cub Cadet lawn tractors uses up to 25% less fuel than carburettor engines that deliver comparable results. This will save you money on fuel, and time on having to refill the tank – reducing interruptions to your mowing.

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crops were affected by the 2018 heatwave – a field and pond with crack earth showing

As the spring rain continues to fall, many of us might be missing the glorious sunshine of the UK summer heatwave. May businesses also enjoyed a boost from the weather, with retailers witnessing the largest revenue rise in four years, with a 4% rise compared to June 2017.

But for some, the heatwave was a nightmare for their livelihoods — farmers struggled with everything from burnt fields under the scorching sun to droughts putting livestock at risk.

Just how far did the damage spread, and how long will the effects last?