Farming Monthly National https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk UK Farming Magazine & Agricultural News Fri, 13 Nov 2020 23:15:25 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 SUZUKI INTRODUCES THE NEW ACROSS https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/motors/11357-suzuki-introduces-the-new-across/ https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/motors/11357-suzuki-introduces-the-new-across/#respond Fri, 13 Nov 2020 23:15:22 +0000 https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/?p=11357 Suzuki is launching the new Across in Autumn 2020, a robust and sporty SUV equipped with a sophisticated Plug-in Hybrid system and E-Four electronic 4×4, delivering uncompromising performance and efficiency with the capability and styling of a full-fledged modern SUV.  The Across is the first model supplied from Toyota Motor Corporation under the collaborative business […]

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Suzuki is launching the new Across in Autumn 2020, a robust and sporty SUV equipped with a sophisticated Plug-in Hybrid system and E-Four electronic 4×4, delivering uncompromising performance and efficiency with the capability and styling of a full-fledged modern SUV. 

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The Across is the first model supplied from Toyota Motor Corporation under the collaborative business agreement between Toyota and Suzuki. UK sales are set to start in November 2020 and followed soon after by the second new collaborative model, Swace, which is based on the Corolla Estate Hybrid and manufactured in the UK.

STRIKING SUV DESIGN

The bold and sporty design of the Across conveys confidence from every angle. Robust polygonal motifs across the body form a bold physique that is further highlighted by characteristic SUV wheel arch mouldings, a sporty large open grille and a front bumper with a prominent silver under garnish that helps to express the car’s all-round capabilities. 

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Further key features include sophisticated LED headlamps with a bi-beam projector (combining low and high beams) and an LED DRL. Premium quality 19-inch alloy wheels are fitted as standard with black gloss coating and distinctive polished face. 

Storage space

While cabin space is designed for ample comfort in both the first and second rows, there has been no compromise in luggage space. The large 490-litre* luggage compartment provides plenty of space to store luggage for a wide range of lifestyles and purposes. For added versatility, the right-hand side of the luggage compartment is equipped with a mains voltage (220V) electrical outlet and 12V accessory socket. 

Body colours 

The Across is available in six different colours – White Pearl Crystal Shine, Silver Metallic,  Attitude Black Mica, Sensual Red Mica, Grey Metallic and Dark Blue Mica.

(Data correct as of October 2020)

CUTTING-EDGE PLUG-IN HYBRID PERFORMANCE 

The Plug-in Hybrid system in the Across provides unparalleled fuel economy and smooth acceleration, with CO₂ emissions of just 22g/km**.

At the core of the Plug-in Hybrid system is a powerful front electric motor that delivers vigorous torque at low speeds and combines with a powerful 2.5-litre petrol engine for rapid acceleration at higher speeds. 

With maximum output of 134kW and 270Nm of torque, the front electric motor draws its energy from an 18.1kWh (50.9 Ah) high capacity lithium-ion battery mounted beneath the floor. This provides a class leading EV range of 75km (46.6 miles).

Engine

Paired to the electric motor is the A25A-FXS Dynamic Force engine, which functions as a charger for the battery and provides power assistance to the electric motor during high-speed driving if required. Designed to deliver both high output and excellent fuel efficiency, the engine features a long stroke and high compression ratio, and both direct cylinder fuel injection (DI) and port fuel injection (PFI) that vary depending on driving conditions to raise output and fuel efficiency while lowering emissions. 

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The Plug-in Hybrid system is equipped with four modes which are: Default EV mode, Auto EV/HV mode, HV mode, and battery charger mode which the driver can select depending on driving conditions and battery status. In EV Mode the vehicle is driven entirely by the power of the electric motor even under full acceleration. When in Auto EV/HV mode and HV mode, the engine contributes to power delivery when required, such as when the accelerator is pressed strongly. To store electricity for EV mode when the charge is low, the battery charger mode runs the engine to fully re-charge the battery. The powerful lithium-ion battery has 96 cells, voltage of 355V and a capacity of 50.9 Ah.

ADVANCED 4X4 CAPABILITY 

The state-of-the-art E-Four electronic 4×4 system in the Across provides drivers with genuine 4×4 performance as well as maintaining superior fuel efficiency. 

The system features an independent 40kW rear motor that works in conjunction with the front motor to provide front : rear torque variation ranging from 100:00 to 20:80. Benefits of this system include enhanced stability during take-off on slippery surfaces such as snow covered roads, and confident handling when cornering on varying road surfaces.

AWD Integrated Management (AIM) 

Central to the E-Four system is the highly sophisticated AWD Integrated Management (AIM), which controls not only drive force distribution, but also engine throttle control, transmission shift scheduling, Electric Power Steering (EPS) assistance and braking, according to the driving conditions. 

Trail Mode 

Trail Mode is an automatic limited slip differential control feature that ensures the best possible grip and control on slippery surfaces. The system works by applying the brakes to the wheels that begin to lose grip and redirects torque to wheels that maintain grip. The feature also adjusts the throttle and transmission shift pattern to keep the vehicle moving.

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ADVANCED SAFETY AND TECHNOLOGY FEATURES 

Fully equipped with the latest smart safety features, the Across offers confidence and peace of mind for both driver and passengers on every journey. Some of the key safety features include driving assist functions such as Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), which use a millimeter-wave radar and monocular camera.

  • Suzuki’s first new model to launch under the collaborative agreement between Suzuki Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation. 
  • On sale in the UK in November 2020
  • Suzuki’s first plug-in Hybrid vehicle offering CO2 emissions of just 22g/km (WLTP)
  • Weighted combined WLTP fuel consumption of 282mpg (1litre/100km)
  • Combined power output of electric motors and petrol engine of 306HP.
  • Class leading EV range of 46 miles
  • 0-62mph in 6 seconds
  • One very high specification model available which includes E-Four electronic 4×4 system, leather seats, heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, Dual Zone Automatic Air Conditioning, auto function opening tailgate and 9” multimedia touchscreen
  • Very limited supply availability in the first full year
  • Priced at £45,599
  • Low Company Car BIK Banding of 6 per cent. (2020/2021)
  • Metallic and Mica Paint available as a no cost option from a choice of six colours

* Measured by the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) method.

** Measured on WLTP combined standard

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No job too big for the Kawasaki full 2021 MULE and ATV Range https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/11348-no-job-too-big-for-the-kawasaki-full-2021-mule-and-atv-range/ https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/11348-no-job-too-big-for-the-kawasaki-full-2021-mule-and-atv-range/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 20:10:06 +0000 https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/?p=11348 With demand for the Kawasaki MULE and ATV machines soaring, the 2021 range is available now from the extensive Kawasaki utility dealer network.  Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the shutdown of production lines, demand for the Kawasaki utility range has remained strong and the brand is pleased to announce the availability of its full 2021 […]

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With demand for the Kawasaki MULE and ATV machines soaring, the 2021 range is available now from the extensive Kawasaki utility dealer network. 

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the shutdown of production lines, demand for the Kawasaki utility range has remained strong and the brand is pleased to announce the availability of its full 2021 range of Kawasaki MULE and ATV products. 

2021 BRUTE FORCE 750 4x4i EPS

The 2021 collection comprises of four MULE vehicles, the MULE PRO-DXT, MULE PRO-DX, MULE PRO-MX and the MULE SX. The entire range is designed for use by outdoor professionals, such as farmers, gamekeepers and grounds-care experts, providing them with the ability to easily transport equipment over various terrain. 

The MULE SX 4×4 rides on 24 inch tyres and offers selectable 2WD and 4WD with Hi-Low dual-range transfer case and rear differential lock. The 16-litre fuel tank extends the operational range of the SX with its 401cc four-stroke, OHV, air-cooled engine, delivering power reliably and economically, with a restricted top speed of 25mph. The tubular steel chassis provides the best balance of rigidity, strength and ride comfort with off-road pursuits. Drawing on the design of the PRO Series console, the dashboard puts all controls within easy reach and sight of the operator, adding ease to everyday use. The easy-to-load tilting cargo bed can carry up to 181kg of tools and materials, and an extra 500kg can be towed behind by fitting a tow ball to the ever-eager MULE. 

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The PRO-MX offers the ideal balance between compact and full size UTVs. With conveniently small dimensions (2,795 mm long x 1,525 mm wide x 2,005 mm wheelbase with a turning circle of just 4.2m), the carrying and towing capacity does not suffer at 317kg and 680kg respectively. These small dimensions are maintained thanks to minimised bodywork overhang, also helping to reduce the chance of knocking or scraping a bumper when driving off road. Beefy 25’’ tyres on 12’’ rims provide incredible off-road traction and help to ensure ample ground clearance to protect the MULE PRO-MX. This single-cylinder 700cc petrol powered MULE is perfectly positioned between the MULE SX and MULE PRO-DX, giving customers even greater choice to find the perfect vehicle for their needs.

MULE PRO-DXT™

Working in tough environments demands durable, reliable machinery that continues to deliver in all conditions. Dirt, terrain and weather won’t stop the ultra-rugged MULE PRO-DX and PRO-DXT, with all essential systems designed to resist water, dust and debris. A steel ladder chassis is ready for all terrains, strong where it needs to be and flexible where it matters. Whilst the three-cylinder diesel engine guarantees the torque needed to carry loads and crew reliably, hour after working hour. 

High torque diesel power moves cargo and crew quickly with the safety assurance of Roll-Over Protection System (ROPS). On site or on the farm, the class-leading 453 kg capacity of the long and low tipping cargo bed and 907 kg towing potential makes light work of the heaviest tasks. The tilting cargo bed is operated by a two-lever release system for easy opening and closing. And the innovative MULE PRO-DXT quickly changes from four to two seats in a few, swift moves that a single operator can manage in less than one minute.

MULE SX 4×4

Alongside the Mule products, the 2021 collection also features two ATV machines, the Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS Camo and the Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS in Super Black. These high-performance vehicles feature a range of industry-leading features, providing all-day working performance. Kawasaki ATVs are designed for all-day comfort and durability to assist in everyday tasks. Whether you are tending to animals in rough terrain, repairing a run of fencing or require industry leading power, a Kawasaki ATV will help you get the job done. For those looking for an entry version, Kawasaki also has the Brute Force 300 ATV available. All Kawasaki ATV vehicles have CVT transmission as standard, contributing to ease of operation and leaving you free to concentrate on the terrain ahead.

The full range is available now, visit the Kawasaki website to locate your local Kawasaki utility dealer, with decreased production but increased demand, it is recommended customers place their orders as soon as possible.

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SCOTTS INTRODUCES ITS GT170 WINDROWER KIT https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/machinery/11344-scotts-introduces-its-gt170-windrower-kit/ https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/machinery/11344-scotts-introduces-its-gt170-windrower-kit/#respond Thu, 12 Nov 2020 16:29:20 +0000 https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/?p=11344 One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of vegetable harvesting equipment has launched an innovative conversion kit that allows owners of the GRIMME GT 170 trailed harvester to convert seamlessly to a fully functioning windrower without modifications to the host machine. Designed in response to local growers where the Grimme GT170 is their preferred choice of […]

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One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of vegetable harvesting equipment has launched an innovative conversion kit that allows owners of the GRIMME GT 170 trailed harvester to convert seamlessly to a fully functioning windrower without modifications to the host machine.

Designed in response to local growers where the Grimme GT170 is their preferred choice of harvester, the Scotts GT170 Windrower conversion kit directly replaces the elevator module. As the kit is attached to the harvester through existing elevator fixing points, there is no need to modify the host machine and thus can be returned to its original set up quickly.

Derek Scott, managing director of Scotts Precision Manufacturing says: “Our customer had tried other windrowers but was disappointed with the conveyor design or the performance of the machine in general so asked us if we could think of a way of converting their stock GT170, and this is the result. It wasn’t at all straightforward but we are really proud of how we have been able to create a conversion kit that is easy to mount, easy to use and easy to remove. This is the second machine we have converted for the same grower, the first was a lot lower spec host GT170 with limited cleaning and although performed well in average conditions fell down when 2019’s extreme harvesting conditions began to bite. This second conversion was installed on a much higher performing harvester with a digger web and double separators, even though the conversion kit has only been used locally, it has attracted a lot of interest, and we’ve had several strong enquiries, which tells us it should be a popular addition to our range.”Scotts’ conversion kit features a 5.3m long cross conveyor that allows the lifted crop to be moved gently over the two rows next to the machine and deposited into the centre of the next pair of rows. The hydraulically powered conveyor can be positioned to discharge on the left or the right of the windrower. The conveyor has five sections and features self-cleaning and a soft low flighted 790mm wide sheeted PVC web.

The conversion kit integrates into the GRIMME control box, with the tip ends controlled by the original elevator swanneck up/down control switches. A separate left or right diverter valve is operated from an in-cab toggle switch within a 4″ PVC control box that is held in place with magnets. Scotts has utilised the main elevator section to control the left and right movement of the conveyor. The conveyor belt drives via the original elevator web drive and the toggle switch mounted on the control box.

A maximum of six 36″ rows can be lifted without moving the crop twice, which is beneficial to the user when making an opening for the harvester and the trailer. An additional benefit of the new kit is that the offside wheel can remain in its original position as there is no need to dispense the crop into the valley where the wheel runs.

Scotts has ensured that the drop height is as low as possible as both ends of the conveyor feature a hydraulic ram, which allow the tip end to be lowered.

Scotts Precision Manufacturing Ltd

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£25 million available to help farmers boost productivity https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/11335-25-million-available-to-help-farmers-boost-productivity/ https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/11335-25-million-available-to-help-farmers-boost-productivity/#respond Tue, 13 Oct 2020 04:26:12 +0000 https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/?p=11335 • Farmers are invited to apply for farm productivity grants in round three of popular grants scheme • £25 million available to help farmers improve their efficiency and benefit the environment • Applications open until 4 November 25 million has been made available in grants for productivity-boosting farming equipment in the third and final round […]

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• Farmers are invited to apply for farm productivity grants in round three of popular grants scheme

• £25 million available to help farmers improve their efficiency and benefit the environment

• Applications open until 4 November

25 million has been made available in grants for productivity-boosting farming equipment in the third and final round of the government’s Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme.

Under the scheme, farmers can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 to buy new and innovative equipment – from livestock monitoring cameras to precision farming technology – which helps businesses save time and money and improve productivity.

 Last year, new items were added to the list of the equipment available that will help farmers to benefit the environment, such as equipment designed to help minimise soil compaction in fields, monitor ammonia levels in farm buildings, and increase machinery precision when applying slurry.

 Farmers who have been successful in applying for grants in previous rounds of the scheme will also be able to apply for different pieces of equipment within this final round up to the scheme’s limit of £12,000 per farmer, meaning that they can streamline other elements of their business or start the move towards farming more sustainably.

Farming Minister Victoria Prentis said:

“Helping our farmers to boost their productivity is absolutely essential, and I’m delighted we’ve been able to make £25 million in grants available to farmers to invest in the latest technology.

 “Coming from a farming family, I have experienced first-hand the benefits that having innovative equipment can bring, including saving businesses time and money while improving yields and minimising the impact we have on the environment around us.

 “Our landmark Agriculture Bill sets out further measures to help farmers become more productive, efficient and resilient, with specific productivity grants expected to be available from 2021.”

Rural Payments Agency Chief Executive Paul Caldwell said:

“It’s fantastic to be able to announce a third round of the ever-popular Small Grants scheme. Having access to game-changing innovative technology can make a real difference to farmers and help boost the productivity of the whole farming sector in England.

“I would encourage all our customers to consider how this offer may benefit their business or help them to prepare for their future farming and apply for a small grant.”

 To date, £35 million has been allocated to farmers in the scheme’s first two funding rounds, with today’s announcement bringing the total funding made available under the scheme to £60 million.

 Although this is the final round of the Small Grants scheme, powers have been included in the Agriculture Bill to allow the government to provide financial assistance to support farmers to invest in equipment, technology and infrastructure that will not only boost their productivity, but also deliver environmental and other public benefits. Further detail on the support available from 2021 is due to be released later this year.

Farmers will have until midday on 4 November to make an application to the Rural Payments Agency.

 More information on the Countryside Productivity Small Grants scheme and the handbook for this round of the scheme can be found here.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/countryside-productivity-scheme

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What Do Drone IP Rating Standards Mean for the Agricultural Sector? https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/arable/drones/11311-what-do-drone-ip-rating-standards-mean-for-the-agricultural-sector/ https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/arable/drones/11311-what-do-drone-ip-rating-standards-mean-for-the-agricultural-sector/#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 21:53:00 +0000 https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/?p=11311 The drone market has experienced significant growth in recent years.  And as both hobbyist and professional users alike take great interest in exploring the capabilities these devices have to offer, this growth is set to continue, with a huge 76,000 drones projected to be flying the UK skies by 2030, according to Skies without Limits, […]

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The drone market has experienced significant growth in recent years.  And as both hobbyist and professional users alike take great interest in exploring the capabilities these devices have to offer, this growth is set to continue, with a huge 76,000 drones projected to be flying the UK skies by 2030, according to Skies without Limits, a 2018 report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

When it comes to commercial applications, drone usage is still in its infancy but in many markets it is growing fast. Agriculture is a case in point. Prescient & Strategic Intelligence (P&S Intelligence) recently projected that the agricultural drones market would grow from $1.5 billion in 2018 to $6.2 billion in 2024, experiencing a 25.0% CAGR during 2019–2024 (forecast period).

The summary of the P&S Intelligence’s 2019 Agricultural Drones Market report, goes on to state: “crop spraying was the largest category in 2018, based on application, owing to the rising prevalence of fungal plant diseases caused by the Verticillium and Rhizoctonia fungi, which are spread by bollworm and flat armyworm. As these diseases destroy the yield, the agrarian community is deploying drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), to kill the pathogen.” 

Drones are increasingly widely used by farmers to help enhance the yield by providing real-time images of crop growth and analysis of health, soil and field quality. Agriculture is after all one of the fastest growing markets for commercial drones today. As they are relatively inexpensive to manufacture, they are widely seen as offering the potential to achieve a fast return on investment (RoI). They can also be used to help locate areas affected by botanical disease. In addition they can be leveraged in the battle against pests. Recent reports indicate that the Maharashtra state government in India plans to use drones to spray insecticides on locust swarms, which have been blamed for damaging vegetables on some farms.

The need for reliability

Currently, reliability remains the biggest obstacle to the widespread deployment of drones in an agricultural setting. A lack of reliability may lead to the loss of the drone, reduced customer satisfaction, significant damage to brand reputation, or a combination of all three.

For governments and administrative authorities, a lack of reliability also represents a danger to the general public from drones crashing out of the sky. The approach taken therefore is typically prudent and cautious.

Standards development and operating constraints

In line with this, as the use of drones is rolled out across agricultural sectors, the evolution of standards and regulations will be key to their success. Moving forwards, operators will need to attain licences to fly some drones but, as we have already seen, the use of drones in an agricultural sector is relatively new and the working methodologies are still emerging, so standards development remains in its earliest stages. Legislation around drone use is beginning to come on stream, however.

In June 2019, the EU published a package of regulations relating to unmanned aircraft systems use, which included certification for certain types of drones and their operators to ensure the safety of individuals. These come into effect in July 2020. Part of these regulations require operators to understand how meteorology impacts drone use and be familiar with IP Ratings. It is likely that in terms of IPX ratings (for water protection), agricultural teams will have little knowledge around what each rating indicates – at least at the outset.

In general terms, the IP Code, or Ingress Protection Code, IEC standard 60529 classifies and rates the degree of protection provided against, dust, intrusion, accidental contact, water and moisture. The first digit refers to solid particle protection, e.g. dust; the second refers to liquid ingress protection, e.g. rain. Additional letters may also be used. The use of the letter, M, for example, indicates the device was moving during the water test, e.g. the drone propellers were in motion.

What operators need to do

In line with evolving standards, operators need to consider reliability of the equipment and the constraints caused by wet weather conditions. They will need to ensure that if a drone has to land at any point, water intrusion is kept to a minimum to reduce damage to important components.

Many will already have this level of awareness. Yet, the likelihood is that they will have little understanding of what IP rating they will need in order to provide a sensible level of protection whatever the meteorological conditions.

They will not typically appreciate the granularity that goes between ‘not protected at all’ and ‘fully water-protected’. Most will not fully comprehend the nuances between the levels, so, once again there is a need for a process of education to be put in place.

As operators go to manufacture drones, they will need to understand what can be done in terms of water protection at each IP rating. They will also need to know if the IPX rating they have chosen for their drone will be suitable for the task they are going to undertake. The reality is that they won’t necessarily need IPX8 (full immersion). In fact IPX4 or IPX5 is typically enough to give rain protection.

How can providers help?

So how can providers play a role in educating drone users across the agricultural market about the prevailing IPX ratings? They need to help them to understand what is the IP rating of the drone; how long that rating is expected to last and also what would compromise it, e.g. water protection achieved by the use of mechanical seals may be jeopardised by physical impact, but also usually degrades over time.

Providers can help ensure the reliability but also the protection of the drone. Solutions should last the lifetime of the device. But equally as essential, if a drone is damaged then solutions should be easily reworkable. For example, thick conformal coatings can make repairability impossible by covering connectors. However, the use of modern nano coating technology not only ensures lifetime protection of the drone but also allows manufacturers to produce devices which are fully reworkable. Nano coatings protect PCBs and even whole devices from the inside out and eliminate the need for bulky mechanical seals which might make a drone difficult or unsafe to open.

Finally, providers can also make drones robust against changing weather conditions. They can help operators protect the drones if they are caught out in rain, so their capital outlay is not lost if they get into contact with water unexpectedly. This kind of service will help drone operators to deliver the services farmers are looking for in rain or challenging weather conditions, which gives them an edge over the competition, who may not be able to achieve that, and a key point of differentiation as they forge ahead into a fast-expanding new marketplace.

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UK Agricultural Finance continues to lend https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/business/farm-finance/11289-uk-agricultural-finance-continues-to-lend/ https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/business/farm-finance/11289-uk-agricultural-finance-continues-to-lend/#respond Thu, 14 May 2020 08:27:13 +0000 https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/?p=11289 The first few months of the year have been a busy time, with increasing numbers of enquiries after the uncertainty around the election. Unlike other lenders, UKAF has kept writing loans during the lockdown, thanks to secure funding lines across its bridge and term products, supported by a rapid move to remote working. UKAF and […]

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The first few months of the year have been a busy time, with increasing numbers of enquiries after the uncertainty around the election. Unlike other lenders, UKAF has kept writing loans during the lockdown, thanks to secure funding lines across its bridge and term products, supported by a rapid move to remote working.

UKAF and the industry have faced the challenge of finding valuers to visit properties, but the team’s ability to lend against agricultural land allows for more flexibility in what is valued, and the nature of farmland and buildings making social distancing much easier to maintain. Indeed, some loans are proceeding based on a mix of a Red Book valuation on the land and barns, but an estimate on the farmhouse.

The team recently completed a loan of £260,000 helping a mixed farm in north England whose main long-term lender would not offer them any flexibility, without disproportionately high penalty charges and two current account providers that were both pulling out of the agricultural market. The borrowers own a substantial farm with acreage and woodland, tenanted cottages and had a good track record of servicing their debt, plus 400 cattle and around 2,000 sheep. UKAF was able to design the loan for a 38% LTV (with an associated attractive interest rate) by persuading the main lender to release part of their security over a couple of fields for UKAF’s first charge, topped up with a second charge against the remainder of the farm. Despite the Covid-19 uncertainty, UKAF has maintained its constructive approach to providing loans, all without changing its lending criteria, since its own investors understand the long-term, attractive nature of farming.

Louise Old, head of businesses development in the North East and Scotland, commented: “We are thrilled to be able to assist our clients during lockdown and is testament to our commitment to help the rural and agricultural communities across England Scotland and Wales and our ability to commit capital to new loans during these challenging times.”

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Trade association urges Chancellor to halt Fuel Duty increase on Red Diesel https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/business/11266-trade-association-urges-chancellor-to-halt-fuel-duty-increase-on-red-diesel/ https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/business/11266-trade-association-urges-chancellor-to-halt-fuel-duty-increase-on-red-diesel/#respond Wed, 04 Mar 2020 21:21:17 +0000 https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/?p=11266 Liquid fuels trade association, UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) is urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to reconsider the rumoured increase to fuel duty on red diesel in the forthcoming budget, as it will have a major impact on the construction and farming industries.  Red Diesel is used by the construction, farming and marine industries […]

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Liquid fuels trade association, UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) is urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak to reconsider the rumoured increase to fuel duty on red diesel in the forthcoming budget, as it will have a major impact on the construction and farming industries. 

Red Diesel is used by the construction, farming and marine industries and accounts for 15% of all diesel sales in the UK. Any increase in fuel duty will have a major impact on UKIFDA Members and their customers and could see the cost of red diesel significantly increase, potentially increasing costs to farmers and construction companies.

The cost of construction projects could potentially increase by hundreds of millions – particularly large-scale construction projects where one project may be using up to 100,000 litres of red diesel a week. As a result, this could impact the viability of such projects.

The farming industry will also be affected at a time when many are struggling with flooded land and are already worried about 2020 crops. Again, any increase will have to be passed onto consumers.

We urge the Chancellor to reconsider and leave the fuel rebate – put in place to encourage and support the farming community in the 1960s – in place.

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Update on farm payment schemes https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/business/11265-update-on-farm-payment-schemes/ https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/business/11265-update-on-farm-payment-schemes/#respond Wed, 04 Mar 2020 21:07:39 +0000 https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/?p=11265 The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has now paid almost 99% of eligible farmers under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS 2020). The latest figures from the RPA show that BPS payments worth £1.76 billion were made to farmers by 29 February. This is an improved position on last year, with 1.4% more customers paid by the […]

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The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has now paid almost 99% of eligible farmers under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS 2020).

The latest figures from the RPA show that BPS payments worth £1.76 billion were made to farmers by 29 February. This is an improved position on last year, with 1.4% more customers paid by the end of February 2020 compared with the end of February 2019.

By 29 February, over £150 million was paid out to farmers who do important environmental work through Countryside Stewardship (CS) and Environmental Stewardship (ES), such as restoring wildlife habitats and creating woodlands – more than two and a half times the value in the previous year.

Final full payments for stewardship schemes have started to arrive with customers four months earlier than last year, with customers receiving one full revenue payment for the first time as part of a wider improvement plan to deliver a better service to customers.

77% of eligible farmers and land managers have received their full Environmental Stewardship (ES) claim, worth a total of £133 million. 37% of eligible Countryside Stewardship (CS) customers have been paid their full claim, compared with 19.5% customers who had been paid 75% of their claim this time last year.

RPA Chief Executive Paul Caldwell said:

“We fully understand how important it is to farmers and land managers that they receive prompt payments in full.

“That is why as part of our continuous work to improve these schemes, we are making Countryside Stewardship and Environmental Stewardship payments to farmers in full this year, meaning more farmers receive their total payment earlier in the window.

“We are working tirelessly to ensure remaining payments are made as quickly as possible.”

Customers should expect to receive their full payments by the end of the payment window in June 2020.

The application window for this year’s simplified Countryside Stewardship scheme is currently open and farmers and land managers with an ES or CS agreement expiring this year can sign up now for a new agreement to start in 2021.

The government is urging farmers who are new to stewardship, or who have an expiring agreement, to enter into a new CS agreement so they can continue delivering benefits on their land, making a difference to the environment now by joining an improving and expanding scheme. Those who sign up to CS who wish to enter the new Environmental Land Management Scheme will be able to leave their agreements at agreed exit points, without penalty.

The application window for BPS 2020 will open in March and the RPA encourages all claimants to submit their applications as soon as they are able to. The level of funding available for BPS Direct Payments for 2020 will be the same as for 2019, with the rates for payments to be confirmed later this year.

The claim window for customers with existing CS and ES revenue agreements will also open in March and customers are encouraged to submit their claim for 2020 payment as soon as they are able to and ahead of the 15 May deadline. 

Payments are made direct to bank accounts via BACS transfer so farmers should make sure the RPA has the most up-to-date account details on the Rural Payments service.

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Celebrate With Us at The StowAg Show https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/shows-events/11229-celebrate-with-us-at-the-stowag-show/ https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/shows-events/11229-celebrate-with-us-at-the-stowag-show/#respond Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:59:58 +0000 https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/?p=11229 The StowAg Show will mark 50 years of proudly being “the experts in your field” and you are warmly invited to attend. The show, which will be their biggest event yet, will be a day of celebration held at the StowAg headquarters in Longborough in the heart of the Cotswolds. Featuring many of StowAg’s leading […]

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The StowAg Show will mark 50 years of proudly being “the experts in your field” and you are warmly invited to attend. The show, which will be their biggest event yet, will be a day of celebration held at the StowAg headquarters in Longborough in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Featuring many of StowAg’s leading suppliers and manufacturers, the day will provide veterinary talks, product and live-animal demonstrations in addition to showcasing new product lines – with some exclusive discounts and prize giveaways. This will be a day for the whole family to enjoy with plenty of children’s activities and face painting in aid of R.A.B.I. To tempt the taste buds, StowAg have complimentary locally produced food and drink including StowAg’s own ale courtesy of Donnington Brewery!

Ashley Nichols, General Manager, is “delighted to be celebrating this special milestone for StowAg with such an exciting, and large, event! We look forward to meeting so many of our existing and potential customers, with their families, and support them with expertise, advice and solutions for their business.”

The day will begin at 9.30am and is free to attend, with ample parking and free food and drink! Whilst pre-registration is not essential, StowAg would love to hear if you can make it. Visit the website – www.stowag.com, call the StowAg team on 01451 830 400 or email marketing@stowag.com

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Scottish cereal farmers call for spring barley competition https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/arable/11196-scottish-cereal-farmers-call-for-spring-barley-competition/ https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/news/arable/11196-scottish-cereal-farmers-call-for-spring-barley-competition/#respond Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:46:07 +0000 https://www.farmingmonthly.co.uk/?p=11196 Scottish cereal growers are working with ADAS on adding a new spring barley category to the national yield competition– the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN). At the inaugural meeting of the Scottish YEN Growers Group – funded and facilitated by AHDB – the members discussed how a new spring barley category, which focused on grain quality […]

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Scottish cereal growers are working with ADAS on adding a new spring barley category to the national yield competition– the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN).

At the inaugural meeting of the Scottish YEN Growers Group – funded and facilitated by AHDB – the members discussed how a new spring barley category, which focused on grain quality as well as yield, would give them a better understanding of the crop, and get more Scottish growers taking on YEN.

Scottish Group Chair, Aberdeenshire farmer, Peter Chapman explains: “We’ve really gotten a lot out of YEN over the past few years, you get such detailed information on the crop you are growing that you are then able to make changes to your management which results in genuine improvements to yield.

“However, I know that up here a category dedicated to spring barley would allow us to make even bigger improvements both in terms of yield and grain quality.”

As well as in depth technical support and free soil and grain testing, farmers taking part in the YEN can also enter the national competition which awards prizes not just for the highest yield but to those farmers getting closest to their own farm’s yield potential.

However currently the competition is dominated by winter wheat and therefore the potential yield model used is not as suitable for barley crops, particularly spring barley. For this reason ADAS is now looking for funding to create an entirely new YEN category for spring barley, which will produce more relevant data, and also have a focus on grain quality, something which is vital for farmers who grow for malting.

Sarah Kendall explains: “Spring barley is a very different crop to winter wheat, for example its growth period is shorter, the harvest index is different and so is the amount of light and water available to the crop.

“That means to really understand the factors that go into a high yielding barley crop we need a different model, and we need to separate spring barley data so that farmers can benchmark their crop with other spring barley crops across the UK and thereby identify where they can improve.”

For AHDB Senior Arable Knowledge Exchange Manager Claire Hodge the drive for a new spring barley category demonstrates just how determined many Scottish growers are to increase their yields through a better understanding of crop development and management.

She says: “We’re looking forward to working with them as its projects like YEN which help AHDB to identify and share best practice and encourage growers to scrutinise everything they do on farm, both of which are crucial in the drive to increase productivity.”

Scottish growers have been taking home prizes at YEN for a number of years and had their best year yet in 2018 when they bagged two golds, one silver and one bronze, while Jamie Leslie (one of the gold winners) also took home the Innovation Award for improving his barley yields on Shetland by 40%.

It’s thanks to this success that the Scottish YEN Growers Group has been formed, consisting of farmers competing in YEN, agronomists supporting the competition, and representatives from AHDB and ADAS.

Registration for YEN 2019 is now open, more information can be found at www.yen.adas.co.uk

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