Thinking constructively for a better farming industry
Positive ideas from farmers who are thinking ahead are much needed today. This issue #100, like the 99 which preceded it, is based on great practical workshop innovations, and includes ‘can-do’ advice. Every farmer must read the section on building and improving soil, while the Brexit decision and the fragile state of the UK economy both create threats to the farm business which we analyse and on which we give advice. This magazine carries no advertising and has no sponsors.
Reducing the soil damage from maize
An issue of increasing concern. Water companies, environmentalists and others don’t like to see silt coming from bare fields and getting into rivers. This unique inter-row drill that plants grass seed between lines of maize was given a good trial last year and performed well - did what it was supposed to. Soil and nutrient erosion is of growing concern, and here’s a machine that solves the problem.
* Reduces soil run-off and nutrient leaching * Early bite from what would be bare field * Contractor’s opportunity
Parade trailer built for school use
* Safer and better than standard bale trailer * Based on scrap 3 ton tipper * Parades, field trips, in-field people carrier
Getting a handle on post-Brexit farm finance - Oliver McEntyre, National Agricultural Strategy Director of Barclays Bank provides some really useful advice for farmers. Farm debt and agri interest rates - examines the latest national figures for farm income and looks at the economic forecasts for interest rates: critical operating figures for many farm businesses.
Farm Show: farm-born innovations from the USA
Farm Show editor Mark Newhall shares some great ideas from his latest issue. The two editors go back 25 years and in that time have each published thousands of creative cost-cutting ideas for their respective readers. Farm Show and Practical Farm Ideas share much in common, including a policy of zero advertising. Both have no reliance on the farm supply trade.
* Road and lane grading bar fits on digger arm * Basic ‘G-Style’ tractor designed for third world application * Cover crop seeder mounted on fore-loader * Special bottom unloading hopper puts logs gently into pick-up
* Scrap self-propelled sprayer used for cover crop seeding
Soil+ Cover Cropping International
Our four articles cover: * Cover crops and transmitting club root in brassicas * Establishing wild flower mixes * Oaklahoma farmer completes 50 years no-till * Post 2016 harvest with Soil Farmer of the Year Clive Bailye
* Inter-row grass drill for maize
More Made it Myself projects
* Home designed and built rotary parlour has been working 25 years * Mobile horse shelter - great for both flies and bad weather. Tow from one paddock to another * Covered 300 ft feed area with simple mono-pitch. Diverts rainwater, pleasant for cattle
* Timber built silage nudgers. • No danger of tyre wires breaking and getting in feed • Nudges two or one side
and more, such as: * the effects of China blocking US DDGS sales puts downward pressure on prices. * Commissioner Hogan details major EU agri reforms * reducing silage waste * engineer makes replacement parts from a rough sketch
* the effects of China blocking US DDGS sales puts downward pressure on prices.