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Oilseed rape concerns prompt industry meeting to resolve pressures

Oilseed rape concerns prompt industry meeting to resolve pressures

The oilseed rape harvest in 2017 could fall to its lowest level in 13 years, according to new figures, and a meeting of the NFU and industry bodies will discuss how access to the right inputs is vital for the future of this important crop. Organisations from across the industry are meeting at NFU headquarters […]

Hard-working UK farmers praised for bumper UK harvest

Hard-working UK farmers praised for bumper UK harvest

UK harvest for 2015 was amongst the best and most productive in recent times. The productivity and innovation shown by hard-working UK farmers has been praised by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss as new figures out today show the UK enjoyed some of its biggest harvest in almost 20 years. The barley harvest reached almost 7.3 […]

Highest wheat yield on record thanks to ‘perfect’ weather and crop protection

Highest wheat yield on record thanks to ‘perfect’ weather and crop protection

The NFU harvest survey, published today, predicts the average wheat yield for the UK harvest 2014 to be a record high, following a summer of near perfect growing conditions for the crop. It is predicted that the 2014 UK Wheat harvest will weigh in at over 8.6 tonnes per hectare, the largest ever and 16 […]

Prospects look good for 2014 cereals harvest

Prospects look good for 2014 cereals harvest

After the disappointing harvest of 2013 and widespread regional flooding, there is finally some positive news for British farmers. The prospects for this year’s harvest are good, according to national agricultural and environmental consultancy, ADAS, which has today released its data analysis report on crop establishment conditions for 2012/13 and 2013/14. ADAS’ figures show the […]

NFU calls for government to deliver on R&D promises after harvest results

NFU calls for government to deliver on R&D promises after harvest results

The NFU said that as a net importer of food, the UK must start to produce more itself and called on Government to deliver on its promises to improve long-neglected agricultural research and knowledge exchange to help weather-proof British crops. “A reverse in the decline of spend for agricultural R&D is crucial if we are […]

New Holland sets the pace at BBC Harvest

New Holland sets the pace at BBC Harvest

As part of the BBC’s Harvest program, a series of three programmes set to be broadcast in September, an experiment took place on the Essex farm of Guy Smith to establish just what the difference is between a modern combine harvester and a more traditional way of bringing in the harvest. Using a state-of-the-art New […]

Produce World stars in primetime TV show

Produce World stars in primetime TV show

The series is split into three programmes focusing on vegetables, cereals and fruit. The vegetable programme featuring Produce World will be the first to air, launching the series on Wednesday 11th September on BBC Two at 8pm. The programme has been produced to celebrate British agriculture, exploring exactly what goes into growing and supplying the […]

2013 AHDB/HGCA survey reveals mixed picture for GB crops

2013 AHDB/HGCA survey reveals mixed picture for GB crops

  As a result of the poor planting and growing conditions this year farmers were asked to submit their intended harvest area rather than planted area. Total GB area dedicated to barley and oats has increased, while wheat and oilseed rape area has reduced, reflecting the poor planting conditions of last autumn and a switch […]

Industry-wide commitment has made the best of harvest 2012

Industry-wide commitment has made the best of harvest 2012

Speaking at the conclusion to Cereals 2013, Mr Sheppard praised the way farmers, merchants and cooperatives, as well as processors had worked together. “A very large tonnage of wheat from harvest 2012 came in at quality well below expectations,” said Mr Sheppard. “Export opportunities were extremely limited and it has been testament to the close […]

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