Arable News

Arable News

Features

Features

  • Retirement, in a formal sense, sometimes doesn’t cross the mind of many farmers and this seems to very much be the case for Ian Craig, of Waterstone Farm, Johnstone.
    Born at the farm and having lived there all his life, he took over the running of the business in his teens and, now in his 69th year, he has rarely looked back.

  • For many producers, silage making has been a tricky task over the last few years, with many struggling to get decent yields let alone a decent quality of silage due some of the wettest summer months on record.

  • Sam Chesney runs a 150 Limousin suckler cow herd, bred to Limousin and Belgian Blue bulls, on his 190-acre Coolbrae Farm, near Kircubbin on the beautiful green Ards Peninsula of Northern Ireland.

  • IT'S A 'View from the East', the Far East and East Lothian, this month, with the combines nearing completion in Ukraine and a visit to two global agri-investment conferences in Singapore to report on this month.

  • LAND PRICES and costs of production in all sectors of the industry have soared in recent years with the result few opportunities arise for anyone let alone the younger generation to farm in their own right.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • WINTER SOWN crops can now be seen motoring following fertiliser application and sunny warm days, with temperatures this past week up to 13ºc.

  • THE BIG talking point this week is the ongoing instability in Ukraine and what effect this will have on world market, given that it is now a big player in the international grains market.

  • UNBELIEVABLY yet again, the weather in the northern half of the UK has been better than the south this past week.

  • Rainfall in the Borders for January was 62 mm or 2.5 inches and rainfall was recorded on 23 different days during the month which has kept land wet and there has been surface water lying once again.

  • IT'S THE old catch 22 again – crops are looking much better on the back of some benign weather conditions, which has boosted prospects of a better harvest and markets have reacted by invoking a sharp downturn in prices.

Farmer Right-hand Column