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    Life after Neonics?

    With an EU proposal to widen the ban on neonicotinoids to include all non-flowering crops, the implications to growers could be severe. CPM takes a look at this looming issue, due to be debated in Brussels this month. By Rob Jones How would a world without neonicotinoids look? With the European Commission’s recent proposed ban […]


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Markets – Brace yourself for Brexit.

With the date now set for Britain leaving the EU, arable farmers may be among the first to feel the effect it may have on markets. CPM assesses the likely impact. The UK could be facing currently unknown barriers to trade with the EU. By Tom Allen-Stevens Before you pick up the phone to your […]

Smith’s soapbox – The pit and the pendulum.

I’ll start with a dangerous confession for the pages of CPM. I’m only 75% of the arable farmer I used to be. Unfortunately, it’s not the waistline but rather it’s the cropped acres. I’m putting 73ha of land I’ve cropped every year of my farming life into a Countryside Stewardship scheme that will remain under […]

Challenge the norm

Logic dictates that high-yielding crops require a different approach to nutrition to reach their optimum performance. In this Nutrition Special, CPM explores with CF Fertilisers recent trial work and on-farm experience that’s helping to build understanding. By Tom Allen-Stevens There’s been something of a step change in arable crops over recent years. Led by an […]

UK farmers could lead the world in innovation

UK farms could become the test bed for agricultural innovations that will lead the world into a new Green Revolution and potentially eliminate the growing global problems of malnutrition, extreme hunger and extreme poverty.   Following Brexit, a policy approach to farming and science that’s properly regulated, closely aligned with the EU, but free to […]