Fertiliser Safe Storage

The recent horrific event in Lebanon brings the storage of Ammonium Nitrate fertiliser into sharp focus. With a close family member living in Beirut (thankfully unhurt) this has been foremost in my mind recently. Gourad Street, Beirut – 500m from the blast AN has a melting point of 170 0C and decomposes at 210 0C. […]

Biodiversity Plans

With about 70% of land in the UK being used for agriculture, the Agroecosystem (farmland habitat) is arguably the most important environment in the UK. A diverse agroecosystem is essential for productivity, function and stability of the environment. However, following the post-war intensification of farming systems, agriculture has been associated with biodiversity loss and a […]

Home Grown Grain

  On our own farm we grew 50 acres of spring barley this year. We originally intended to grow wheat but were unable to plant due to the wet weather last autumn, so we switched to spring cropping. The majority of the area was taken for whole crop which yielded well above budget and left […]

Forage Crops in Arable Rotations

With the virtual demise of oilseed rape on many arable farms we are seeing an increasing interest from arable and dairy farmers to work closer together to grow forage crops. In the past this has often been maize silage but is now commonly one to three year ryegrass leys, red clover and in some cases […]