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    Are you inclined to lime?

    Growers have been urged not to neglect the pH status of their soils in a bid to cut costs. Early autumn is the ideal time for spreading lime and current dry conditions mean spreaders can travel with minimal damage to soils. Figures from the Professional Agricultural Analysis Group (PAAG) of routine soil analysis suggest the […]



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Innovation Insight – Clever thinking drives harvesting evolution

  Grimme has earned a number of industry awards for developments to its potato-harvesting technology. CPM peers inside the machines for an insight into what they do. I don’t think there’s anything we can’t achieve, once we set our mind to it. By Tom Allen-Stevens Among the brand new and older Varitron self-propelled potato harvesters […]


Who is the ‘man from the ministry’?

I think my first recollection of the ‘man from the ministry’ was probably a cartoon in Big Farm Weekly, of a civil servant in a dark suit and bowler hat, holding a briefcase with MAFF scribbled on the side. He’d come to the farm hopelessly ill prepared for a rural visit and so was treated […]

Barley coming into ear

Spring barley – Boom time for barley

Spring barley is gaining in popularity, and blackgrass is the main reason, according to a CPM/RAGT survey. But failing to meet contract spec could be putting a dent in returns. It is important for growers to pay attention to achieving the contract spec. By Tom Allen-Stevens The UK could be heading towards its biggest ever […]


New grain and fertiliser version of Express KR

  The Express KR is now available as a Grain & Fertiliser version with pressurised grain and fertiliser tanks. The hopper capacity is increased to 2,000 litres enabling one tonne of seed and one tonne of fertiliser to fit easily. With this new addition, it makes Horsch is the only brand in the UK to […]