Climate and environment
Carbon initiatives can help you even more than the environment
Andy Doyle
As we move into a new era of obligatory emission reductions, it is important to realise that increased carbon accumulation in the soil can be worth even more to crop profitability.
3 August 2022 Husbandry
Harvest output appears to be improving as it progresses
As harvest progresses there are signs that yields are improving across most of the crops harvested to date.
20 July 2022 Soils
To bale or chop - nutrient value has more than doubled
Decisions around straw need to take account of the high replacement cost of the nutrients that are exported when straw is removed.
First post-Brexit scheme opens for English farmers
Under the improved grassland soil standard, a total annual payment of £11/acre is paid under the introductory level and £23/acre is available under the intermediate level.
6 July 2022 Northern Ireland
Carbon price scheme for NI farms proposed
“We, as an industry, shouldn’t be scared of this journey,” Professor John Gilliland said during his inaugural lecture at Queen's University Belfast.
18 May 2022 Northern Ireland
Farmers shouldn’t fear carbon journey, says Gilliland
John Gilliland gave his inaugural lecture as Professor of Practice at Queen’s University Belfast on Tuesday evening.
17 May 2022 Northern Ireland
Beneficial changes are being accelerated by policy
While tillage farming is increasingly accepted as being best in class on emissions, there is always more that can be done as profitability can run parallel to sustainability.
Westmeath team’s yellow sludge machine
Spreading in excess of 8,000t of sludge annually, this year tillage farmer Paul Owens bought a used TerraGator 2104 self-propelled spreader over a trailed machine.
27 April 2022 Farm machinery
DAERA gives assurances on free soil tests
The new Soil Nutrient Health Scheme will see a free soil sampling service offered to every farmer in NI over the next four years.
23 March 2022 News
No till and cover cropping key to the regenerative garden
The prospect of abandoning digging is music to the ears of any gardener. However, ‘no-dig’ gardening is not ‘no-work’ gardening. Head gardener at Airfield Estate Colm O’Driscoll explains all.
23 March 2022 Gardening