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The Farmers Weekly Podcast
40 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Fertiliser market mayhem, UK-USA lamb export deal, sugar beet contracts, & Farm Safety 'Granfer'
In this episode, the fertiliser market soars after UK manufacturers curtail production because of rising gas prices.What should farmers do to secure fertiliser supplies? And should rates be adjusted?On the markets, Boris Johnson finally gets the go-ahead to send UK lamb to the USA. But when will exports start?A new sugar beet price is announced – but is it enough to keep growers sweet?And we meet the Cornish young farmer – who won a farm safety award – with a little help from her 'granfer'.This episode is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom.
53 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Glyphosate shortage, Jeremy Clarkson backs British farmers, NFU self-sufficiency report, dairy exports, & opera singing farm worker
In this episode, a glyphosate shortage is causing havoc for growers trying to get autumn crops in the ground.TV star Jeremy Clarkson says he Backs British Farming Day – and voices support for an NFU report on the UK self-sufficiency in food.In a double dose of dairy stories, we examine plans to boost dairy exports – and we hear from the dairy coop helping its producers get to Net ZeroAnd we meet the opera singer who left the stage to rear calves.This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom.
48 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Thieves steal dozens of tractor GPS systems, Normac farm machinery event, free bovine TB advice, & dog-walking diversification
In this episode, thieves have stolen dozens of satellite guidance systems from farms across East Anglia in a single night – we ask what are the police doing?Does ploughing and soil cultivation still have a future? We head to a field in Norfolk where people still think it does.As milk producers celebrate UK Dairy Day, we look at how YOU can get free advice to combat bovine TB.On the markets – we're live from this year's Kelso ram salesAnd we speak to the farmer who has a network of doggy exercise fields.
51 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Clash over Red Tractor funding, labour shortage worsens, rewilding, harvest prices, & Olympic champion tribute
In this episode, cereal growers have voted to withhold funding from the Red Tractor farm assurance scheme. We examine why.A shortage of UK farm workers and lorry drivers has left vegetable crops rotting in the fields. What should be done?Rewilding – should really farms be taken out of production to benefit wildlife?On the markets, as the UK cereal harvest slowly gradually comes to a close, we look at the latest prices for combinable crops.And we meet the farmer who has paid a special tribute to his Olympic champion daughter.
31 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Labour shortage blamed for pig surplus, harvest and transport challenges, Scottish harvest, market prices, machinery dealerships, & £2m charity sunflowers
In this episode, thousands of pigs could be culled on UK farms due to a shortage of labour in abattoirs and meat processing plantsThe labour shortage is also affecting arable farmers, hauliers and the wider food supply chain – with safety campaigners warning of fatal consequences.Industry leaders are calling for a 12-month Covid-19 recovery visa to help alleviate the workforce shortages that are causing serious disruption to food supplies.As the catchy harvest continues, we check out yields and crop quality with a special report from north-east Fife, Scotland.We look at what seems to be the constant churn of restructuring in the world of machinery dealerships – and technology buy-outs.And we visit the farming family who have raised £2m for a nature conservation charity – by growing bird seed.This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom – with Edd Mowbray from the Farmers Weekly machinery desk.
37 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Cash boost against cabbage stem flea beetle, carbon footprinting, market prices and healthy hedgerows
In this episode, researchers get a cash boost to combat flea beetle in oilseed rape.We speak to the scientist who is seeking the holy grail of a single carbon footprint metric for UK agriculture.And we find out why healthy hedgerows are having a revival.This episode co-hosted by Farmers Weekly's Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom.
45 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
Autumn muck-spreading fiasco, wheat harvest is go, record sheep prices at Thame, 'red warning' on climate change, & Farm to Fork book
In this episode, the fallout continues over 'unworkable' rules restricting autumn applications of organic fertiliser.The much-criticised decision by the Environment Agency has thrown autumn crop nutrition plans into jeopardy - including muck for straw deals and sewage sludge spreading.We take a look at yields and quality as the wheat harvest gets under way across the country.As the latest climate change report is published, we ask do we need to take global warming more seriously? And how are cows becoming more carbon friendly?On the markets – record prices are seen at the Thame sheep sale.And From Farm to Fork – we preview the latest book on UK agriculture by lowland family farmer Joe Stanley.This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey Farmer Hugh Broom. Featuring Farmers Weekly East of England correspondent Louise Impey, Emma Gillbard from the Farmers Weekly arable desk and Edd Mowbray from the Farmers Weekly machinery desk.
47 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Mayhem over manure rules, harvest washout, rural crime, beef and lamb prices, & woollen duvets
In this episode, new rules on autumn manure applications are set to have a big impact on farms, say industry leaders.Crime in the countryside falls – but the pandemic fuels a sharp rise in dog attacks on livestock.Harvest? What Harvest? Rain slows ripening and hampers progress across the country.On the markets, lamb eases as beef firms upAnd if you're having difficulties sleeping – why not try a woollen duvet.This episode co-hosted by Farmers Weekly Podcast editor Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with FW arable correspondent Louise Impey and FW senior livestock reporter Michael Priestley.
40 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
DIY auto-steer for under £1000, farmers unprepared for BPS withdrawal, Agricultural Transition, beef prices firm, sheep dipping, & World-Record Sheep Shearer
Farmers are unprepared for the big drop in income they will suffer as the Basic Payment Scheme is phased out in England.The annual BPS payment makes up 36% of farm income – but one in three farmers have done nothing to replace it – despite cuts less than six months away.The finding comes in a special survey to mark the start of Transition, a major new initiative to help secure a sustainable future for farm businesses.With money on everyone's mind at the moment, we talk to the Warwickshire farmer who made his own satellite guidance system for less than £1000.The GPS system uses the AgOpenGPS opensource software. On the markets, beef prices continue to firm.And we have two stories involving big numbers and sheep.We talk to the man who expects to dip more than 500,000 sheep this season with a state-of-the-art mobile plunge dipper.And we meet the Oxfordshire farmer who has just set a new world record by sheering 872 strong wool lambs in nine hours.This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly Podcast editor Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom.
43 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Combines roll for Harvest 2021, new rules for Red Tractor scheme, farmland prices, Farm Safety Week, & interview with British & Irish Lion Wyn Jones
In this week's episode, with harvest 2021 is under way, we look at what's happening to crops coming off the field.Farm Safety Week starts with a plea to come home safe – we examine how you can stay out of danger on the farm this summer.The latest Red Tractor scheme rules are announced: are they a step too far? And we have a special interview with Welsh farmer and British Lion Wyn Jones, in South Africa for an eight-match tour against the Springboks.This episode co-hosted by Farmers Weekly Podcast editor Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with FW arable reporter Emma Gillbard and FW livestock editor Rhian Price.
44 minutes | Jul 16, 2021
Prince Charles' warning over family farms, water for agriculture, arable futures, national food strategy, & the Great Yorkshire Show
Prince Charles' warning over family farms, water for agriculture, arable futures, national food strategy, & down the cattle lines at the Great Yorkshire ShowIn this episode, Prince Charles highlights his concern for family farms – and says the future of the countryside depends on their survival.Have you had your fill? We examine what the government's long-awaited national food strategy means for growers and livestock producers.We look at how climate change is affecting water supplies for agriculture – and what farmers can do to ensure they get a fair share for food production.On the markets, we check out out the latest arable futures ahead of harvest.And we join the socially distanced crowds at the Great Yorkshire Show – where we take a stroll down the cattle lines.This episode co-hosted by Farmers Weekly's Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with Farmers Weekly community editor Lizzie McLaughlin and senior livestock reporter Michael Priestley.
42 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
4x4 rivals: Ineos Grenadier v Land Rover Defender, Carbon payment schemes – are they worth it? Cattle vaccination and Bovine TB, free agri-environment advice, & red squirrel revival
In this episode, we preview the new 4x4 Ineos Grenadier and ask: can it really replace the much-missed old-style Land Rover Defender?As the government moves away from badger culling, will cattle vaccination be a game-changer in the battle against bovine tuberculosis?We look at a new set of free e-tools that could make it easier to get the best from agri environment schemes.And how a group of land managers believe contraception could boost red squirrel numbers by keeping grey squirrel numbers down.This episode co-hosted by podcast editor Johann Tasker and Farmers Weekly senior machinery reporter Edd Mowbray with Farmers Weekly chief reporter Philip Case.
50 minutes | Jul 2, 2021
Cereals 2021: Uplift pledged for soil health payments, future for cereal varieties, latest robotic tractor, & clash over sugar beet prices
This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast was recorded on location at the 2021 Cereals event in Lincolnshire.In this episode, Defra secretary George Eustice pledges a 30% uplift in support payments to farmers who improve soil health.But is it enough?We take a look at the latest robotic tractor as it woos the crowds at Cereals. Does it stack up?Cereal varieties are understandably under scrutiny - is the future behind us?And farmers fall out with British Sugar over beer prices - will the two sides ever be happy?This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly podcast editor Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom with Farmers Weekly senior machinery reporter Edd Mowbray and Farmers Weekly eastern region correspondent Louise Impey.
55 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
Groundswell: Regenerative agriculture – does it work? Sustainable Farming Incentive, carbon farming, min-till drills, & Secrets of Soil
This week's episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast was recorded on location at Groundswell – the UK annual event dedicated to regenerative agriculture.We meet the farmers who are improving soil health while ensuring their farms remain profitable and productive. How do they do it?We look at the latest government plans to reward farmers who look after soil, water and the environment. How exactly will farmers be paid?We get the low-down on a new £100,000 direct drill. And we speak to the people bringing conventional and organic producers together.And we meet artist and farmer's son Henry Driver whose latest work is a novel interpretation of the soil beneath out feet.This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom with Farmers Weekly editor Andrew Meredith and Farmers Weekly senior machinery reporter Edd Mowbray.Recorded on location at Groundswell 2021, held on 23-24 July 2021 at Lannock Manor Farm, Weston, Hitchin, Hertordshire.
46 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Oat wars, farm shows go ahead despite lockdown, Royal Highland Showcase, beef fears over UK-AUS trade deal, fertiliser prices, & Kaleb Cooper – star of Clarkson's Farm
In this episode, we catch up with 21-year-old farmer Kaleb Cooper – the unexpected star of Jeremy Clarkson's latest TV series.We ask Kaleb what it was like working with Jeremy – and how much of what we see in the eight-part series is real, and how much is for the cameras.We speak to the Cambridgeshire farmer being sued by plant-based drinks giant Oatly – and examine the growing popularity of oats. On the markets, are fertiliser prices set to stay high?We look at the agricultural shows going ahead – despite decision to extend lockdown by another four weeks. How do they do it?And we examine the likely impact on British beef producers of the free trade deal agreed between the UK government and Australia.This episode co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom with Farmers Weekly senior livestock reporter Michael Priestley.
43 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
Farmer flips parked car with telehandler, blended wheat mixtures, arable prices soar, slow broadband, & farmer sends veg to foodbank
In this episode, after a farmer uses a telehandler to remove a car blocking his gateway, we ask what are your rights when it removing vehicles on your land?We look at how wheat growers are blending their own seed mixtures to reduce their fungicide use and improve profitability.On the markets, are arable commodity prices set to stay high?Is your farm plagued by poor connectivity? We examine the challenges holding bacl the rural economy – and ways to speed up poor broadband.And we talk to a farmer who is sending surplus fresh vegetables to foodbanks – via Amazon – helping to feed less fortunate people in towns and cities.
47 minutes | Jun 4, 2021
Farm thieves reveal their secrets, surge in organic farming, dairy margins under pressure, latest grass varieties, & Clarkson's Farm
In this episode, criminal gangs reveal how they target farmers to locate expensive items of machinery they can then steal to order.Are you going organic? The latest figures show a surge in the amount of farmland going into conversion. On the markets, are input prices putting dairy margins under pressure?We take a look at the latest grassland varieties – and ask how many farmers are actually using the recommended list?And ahead of his new TV show, we find out why Jeremy Clarkson decided to run his own farm – despite knowing nothing about farming.
47 minutes | May 28, 2021
TikTok tractor video warning, farm machinery insurance, annual farm incomes, Australia and USA trade deals, & keeping the lid on your lunchbox
In this episode, young farm workers are dicing with death by filming stunts involving moving farm machinery – and posting the footage on the internet.We examine the employment procedures put in place by farmers and agricultural contractors to stop it happening.As the prospect of a tariff-free trade deal with Australia draws closer, we ask whether the UK government really is going to throw British farmers under a bus.With American farmers also keen on a trade deal with the UK, we speak to a former USDA under secretary.As second hand machinery values surge – will your insurance pay out enough if something went wrong.And we meet the Welsh dairy farmer who just can't keep the lid on his lunchbox.This episode co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom with Farmers Weekly senior livestock reporter Michael Priestley.
41 minutes | May 21, 2021
Lump sum exit scheme, Aussie rules: free-trade threat to UK farming, grain merchant goes under, pledge to plant more trees, & Farmers Club reopens after lockdown
In this week's episode, the government wants to pay older farmers to retire and pave the way for the next generation.But how will the lump sum exit scheme work – and will it really encourage new entrants into the agricultural industry?We ask whether a free-trade deal with Australia will really undermine UK farmers?The government wants to treble the amount of trees we plant – but what about the money and how much are they prepared to pay?And as lockdown eases, we pay a visit to the Farmers Club in London, which this week reopened its doors to welcome members and guests. This episode co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom with Farmers Weekly business editor Suzie Horne.
51 minutes | May 14, 2021
GPS receiver problems, AHDB job cuts, planning proposals, animal welfare, building material prices soar, methane and cattle, & David Richardson's farming memoirs
Farmers are reporting signal problems with John Deere GPS satellite receivers – we find out what's going on.New planning proposals are unveiled in the Queen's Speech – what impact could they have on your farm business?Could government plans to ramp up animal welfare leave British farmers at a disadvantage?On the markets, we find out why the cost of building materials has gone sky-high – and some are being rationed.Big job cuts are planned at the AHDB – after growers vote to abolish two levies. We have the latest details.Methane emissions and cattle – is UK beef fatting a fair deal.And we speak to veteran broadcaster and Farmers Weekly columnist David Richardson about his new book.This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom with FW senior machinery reporter Edd Mowbray.
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