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 […]

Farm Community Network – Andrew Jones

In what can only be described as a ‘once in a generation’ year, with an exceptionally wet spring which turned very quickly in to the driest start to a summer since modern records began in 1961, we are expecting some to struggle. Having worked through what was believed to be the worst drought for 1,000 […]


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 […]