Who Has Been Affected Most by the Summer Drought?

Many farmers have recently asked this question in the anticipation that it is one system of farming over another has been more severely affected, but this is not the case.  Yes, dairy farmers by the more intensive systems are more affected compared to other livestock systems, though arable farmers are affected depending on cropping and […]

Covers on Manure Stores

Around 11% of total agricultural ammonia emission in the UK occurs during manure storage.  The value of this loss is around £15 million per year.  Installing a cover can help to reduce losses of nitrogen as ammonia and help prevent dilution from rain water.  If proposals in Defra’s Clean Air Strategy 2018 are adopted, covers […]

Drought Planning

This season’s very difficult weather will leave many producers short of forage for this winter.  It is not something to leave for later.  A plan must be hatched.  It is generally easier to calculate it in dry matter (DM) terms, as it is easier to work everything out.  (I recently had to explain this to […]


With the dry weather and no site of rain, it is hard to see how outwintering crops can be grown successfully this year.  Kale planted in May has not really grown and is patchy at best.  Stubble turnips require around 12 weeks to grow a reasonable crop, assuming there is some moisture, so would need […]