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Increased field bean and combining pea area in 2016

Increased field bean and combining pea area in 2016

A significant 5% increase in the 2016 field bean area, plus a substantial 18% increase in the combining pea area in the DEFRA June Survey, underlines the fact that the picture for pulses is very healthy, reports PGRO Chief Executive Roger Vickers. “As the pulse harvest progresses northwards into Scotland, we see pulse yield levels […]

Demand for land falls sharply in the face of uncertainty

Demand for land falls sharply in the face of uncertainty

Demand for rural land has fallen sharply in the past six months and prices are expected to fall, according to the RICS / RAU Rural Land Market Survey H1 2016. A significant drop in demand for rural land was reported in H1 2016, and with supply continuing to increase, expectations have been pushed further into […]

Public survey shows positive view of farmers is on the rise

Public survey shows positive view of farmers is on the rise

The amount of people backing British farming has increased for the fifth year running according to a NFU-commissioned survey from OnePoll. The NFU says the survey results underline how valuable the farming sector is to this country. An overwhelming majority actively support farming, with 69 per cent saying they have a favourable or very favourable […]

Win a GoPro by completing blowfly strike survey

Win a GoPro by completing blowfly strike survey

An industry survey is aiming to evaluate attitudes to blowfly strike and any regional variations. The problem will be familiar to sheep farmers across the country, but the survey aims to explore how attitudes to risk and management of blowfly strike vary across counties and in different flock sizes. It will help raise awareness of […]

Provisional results reveal high average specific weight for GB wheat

Provisional results reveal high average specific weight for GB wheat

The average specific weight for wheat harvested in 2015 is one of the highest on record, according to the provisional results of AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds’ Cereal Quality Survey 2015. For the 22,004 wheat sample data analysed by 31 August, the provisional average specific weight was 79.8kg/hl. However, current results are predominantly based on wheat […]

Cereals and oilseeds area for harvest 2015 down 2%

Cereals and oilseeds area for harvest 2015 down 2%

The total area of cereals and oilseeds for harvest 2015 in Great Britain is estimated at 3.72Mha, down 2% from 2014, according to the annual AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Planting and Variety survey. Anna Lockwood, AHDB Market Analyst, said: “A lower area planted to oilseed rape and the major cereals this year reflects evolving cropping […]

First ever survey into farm use of drones

First ever survey into farm use of drones

URSULA Agriculture is launching the first ever UK survey into use of drones in agriculture, and inviting attendees at the Cereals event to share their experiences of using this innovative technology. “Interest in drones in farming has exploded in the past few years but to what extent they are being considered a serious business tool […]

Market volatility takes its toll on farmer confidence, survey reveals

Market volatility takes its toll on farmer confidence, survey reveals

Falling farmgate prices and market price volatility have contributed to a drop in farmer confidence, a new survey by the NFU has revealed. After the last two survey results revealed a largely positive outlook within agriculture, latest results show a marked dip in short term confidence among farmers and growers. They told the NFU, as […]

Wheat and oilseeds area for harvest 2015 down in favour of barley and pulses

Wheat and oilseeds area for harvest 2015 down in favour of barley and pulses

AHDB/HGCA’s Early Bird Survey of GB farmers’ planting intentions for 2015 suggests a reduction in the area of wheat, oats and oilseeds for harvest 2015, compared with 2014. Key findings of the Early Bird Survey: • Wheat down 5% to 1.8Mha • Oats down 13% to 118,000ha • Winter barley up 12% to 476,000ha • […]

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