Arable News

Arable News

  • Leptospirosis is a common infection in dairy and beef herds which can be suppressed by avoiding grazing cattle with sheep and is spread most often during the spring and early summer while cattle are at pasture, points out the National Animal Disease Information Service (*NADIS).

  • PRODUCING quality silage is a top priority for many farmers across the country to feed stock over the winter months, and for Kenny Christie, of Easter Whyntie, it forms the main part of the diet of store cattle bought in for finishing, writes Kayley Kennedy.

  • A SOIL sampling project carried out by Watson Seeds last autumn throughout areas in the south and east of Scotland, from the Borders to Aberdeenshire, has highlighted major issues with pH levels.

  • A LOW cost system with forage at its heart has underpinned the sheep cheese business run by Wigtownshire producer, Alan Brown, for the last 25 years.

  • THE LESSONS from last year could not have been more stark in terms of urging silage makers to aim for the highest quality silage to cut feed costs on dairy farms which are under pressure from low milk prices.



  • Relying on modern technology, to enable your business to become more competitive and ultimately survive ever reducing EU handouts, is a daunting task, but it is undoubtedly the way forward for East Lothian arable farmers, William Thomson and his wife Anna.

  • As spring approaches, growers' thoughts will soon be turning to plans to deal with weeds in wheat and barley crops - and with autumn-sown crops, people are waiting to see how they come out of the winter before finalising spraying decisions.

  • AT A cost of around £8/ha, depending on seed rate, the new root-promoting seed treatment, Radiate, represents a return on investment of 3:1 at current market prices.

  • LAST AUTUMN'S fine sowing weather made for good crop establishment, followed by a rather benign winter, could lead to a higher than normal lodging risks in winter cereals this season, according to a leading independent expert.

The Gleaner

The Gleaner

  • SO FAR this month we have had only 7mm of rain and, with no amount of snow to date, means land is drying up once again so it might not be too long before we see land work action in the fields.

  • The fall in nearby Brent Crude Oil futures to under $50 per barrel from more than $115 per barrel in mid-June is likely to have far reaching effects on agriculture both in the UK and worldwide.

  • IN THE Borders we have had no snow but some high winds, which have caused some damage but will go a long way towards drying out sodden fields.

  • BACK IN harness following the festive period, it is good to note that for the first time in living memory the number of dairy animals has increased by 9646 head from the 2013 figure and it is also the highest there has been since 1997.

  • Following October's feed wheat price rally, futures are now continuing to fall once again as the US maize harvest progress picks up - with UK feed wheat usage also reported down on last year by 11.6%.

Farmer Right-hand Column