Monthly Archives: February 2009

Agricultural Jobs given French Polish!

  The French farming industry has launched a TV advertising campaign in order to attract people into agriculture.

FNSEA, the NFU’s counterpart in France, has come out with a series of very short television adverts to promote the industry.

The strapline, which translates to ‘farming jobs are in fashion’, aims to highlight that jobs in farming are diverse and that there are opportunities for people of all age groups.

The adverts feature a sheep with a mohican haircut and a cow with a ghetto blaster wearing sunglasses!

Source: Farmers Weekly Interactive

John Deere Aims Higher!

high-clearance-bundleJohn Deere introduces a new high-clearance bundle for its 4730 and 4830 Sprayers. With the addition of the bundle, farmers and commercial applicators are able to use their sprayers to apply fungicides or other products on corn in the tassel stage, and to increase their application opportunities in other tall crops such as sugarcane and sunflowers.

“The bundle increases the sprayer height an additional 16 inches and provides increased crop shielding…[as]…Now, with up to 76 inches of under-frame clearance, customers can drive their 4730 or 4830 Sprayer through tasseled corn with minimal crop damage…” says Adam Hart, John Deere product manager.

The high-clearance sprayer bundle consists of four assemblies — one per wheel — that attach between the chrome spindle and the casting that houses the wheel motor. Shields are also included to help keep the radiator and grill clear of tassels or pollen. In addition, the bundle includes parts that lower the eductor to make loading chemicals more convenient.

A telescoping latch mechanism allows the eductor to be lowered to a more accommodating height for loading, as well as a convenient storage position that’s out of the way when not in use. The clean-water rinse tank also has an extension to make access to clean water more available to operators when needed.

Read more about this bundle at John Deere

Broadway Star meets perfect match

Lurmark F110 Nozzle

According to manufacturer Dow AgroSciences, their new graminicide Broadway Star is proving to be a huge hit!

The manufacturers claim that its as good as Axial, Topik and Atlantis on wild oats, better than the latter and the specific brome killers on bromes, and generally speaking better than Axial on ryegrass. And then you can add a much wider range of broadleaved weeds to its spectrum than any of those products, plus no following crop or cultivation restrictions – an issue for some Atlantis users, in particular.

Application advice:

Broadway Star is a contact herbicide that needs active weed growth for best results, according to Stuart Jackson, Dow’s technical specialist says.

Like grassweed sulfonylureas its performance is affected by cold weather slowing or stopping weed growth, so he recommends it is only applied when there are clear signs of active growth, such as a new leaf emerging or, more crudely, when the lawn needs cutting. Timing trials have also suggested best results from when soil temperatures are 8C or above at a 10cm depth.

It is also crucial for spray quality to be fine, or on the finer side of the medium spectrum. “At the moment we are recommending a conventional flat-fan nozzle at 130-150 litres/ha water volume to provide the best combination of droplet size and coverage,” says Mr Jackson.

Purchase your Standard Flat Fan Nozzles from Agratech

read the full write-up at FWi

Landquip deliver twin-ram steering axle sprayer range

Source – Farmers Guardian 20 February, 2009

East Anglian based crop sprayer designers and manufacturers, Landquip, have unvieled their new range of steering axle trailed sprayers, INTRAC.

The range features include the firm’s Genius CAN-Bus electronic system, which is used to control the twin ram auto-steering system which the driver can quickly override for manual operation or engage crab steer.

Hydraulic suspension and S cam brakes are standard on the 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 litres capacity sprayers. The track width of the 13-tonne rated axles can be altered from 1.8m to 2.0m.

The self-priming centrifugal pump is powered hydraulically and has a capacity of 700 litres per minute. Richard Abbot, of Landquip, says this ensures fast fill times and high volume spraying at pressures of up to 7 Bar.

Alu-light booms spanning up to 36m wide come with stainless steel recirculating spraylines and multi-head nozzle bodies. Sequential switching of up to 11 boom sections is standard and there is the option of GPS-controlled automatic section control.

The operator controls and hand-wash facility are located beside the fold-down stainless steel induction hopper which has a new rotating can wash head.

Prices start from £47,000.

Farming Without Fossil Fuel

 The Final Programme of the current BBC Natural World series,  ‘A Farm for the Future’ airs tonight

 In what’s promising to be a fascinating look into the future of farming, wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the futFarming Without Fossil Fuelsure, and discovers that nature holds the key.

With her father close to retirement, she returned to her family farm in Devon, but last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca, with many of her neighbours going bankrupt due to the price hike in everything from tractor diesel, contractors bills, animal feed and fertiliser.

 Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is, and explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel.

The show is aired tonight, 20 Feb 2009 at 20:00 BBC Two (except Wales, Wales (Analogue))   And again 22 Feb 2009 at 17:00 17:00   BBC Two (Wales, Wales (Analogue) only)

See also, the  new study by Chatham House “Food Supply in the 21st Century: The New Dynamic”

 

 

First Come, First Served for European Grants

farmers-queue1In Northern Ireland, hundreds of farmers have queued for two days in the hope of receiving European Union farming subsidies,   after their Department of Agriculture and Rural Development decided that this was the fairest way to distribute European Union grants.

As widely reported, the grants, which are aimed at modernising farming practices and equipment, were being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Since the funding package is worth just £6 million and is capped at £5,000 per application, only 1,200 farmers will benefit.

TV Chefs back ‘Honest Food Campaign’

The Conservatives’ new Honest Food Campaign  was launched yesterday at the National Farmers’ Union annual conference, by  Nick Herbert, the Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary.

The campaign which calls for an end to misleading food labels, has the backing of  TV chefs Antony Worrall-Thompson and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The chefs believe that a clearer labelling system which shows the country-of-origin, to help shoppers buy British food.

Current legislation has a loop-hole that allows foreign meat processed in Britain, to be labelled as British.  This means that some ready meals, for instance, that have been processed and packaged in this country, may contain meat and chicken from anywhere in the world.

The Conservatives are pushing a Bill to make country of origin labelling mandatory, and claim that clearer labelling will:

Allow consumers to make informed choices about the food they buy
Prevent non-British meat being labelled as British
Support British producers by allowing consumers to identify genuine British meat;
Promote superior British produce by highlighting the advantages of British produce
Restore trust and confidence in British food and labelling in general

Nick Herbert, “People have a right to know where their food comes from. Meat labelled ‘British’ should be born and bred in Britain, raised to our high welfare standards.”

NFU’s ‘New Agenda for Farming Conference’

New Agenda For FarmingThe annual NFU conference, this year themed ‘The New Agenda for Farming’ kicks off in Birmingham next Monday, and upbeat NFU president Peter Kendall is to call on the government to ‘put its money where its mouth is when it comes to farming.’

Mr Kendall’s slot is directly before DEFRA secretary Hilary Benn, who signalled a more progressive attitude towards farmers when he spoke at last month’s Oxford Farming Conference.

“There was lots of really good stuff about Oxford,” says Mr Kendall. “What we want to do is pick up on that and set out the agenda we want to see for farming. We want to set out where farming has come from and show where it needs to go.”

In particular, he highlights Mr Benn’s “no ifs, not buts” Oxford insistence that the government wants British farmers to produce as much food as possible – so long as doing so sustains the environment and safeguards the landscape.

The government is at last starting to acknowledge the importance of agriculture, believes Mr Kendall, especially when it comes to food security. The view of Britain as a rich country that can buy itself out of trouble is crumbling, he adds.

“DEFRA is starting to make a lot of noises about food production being important. We want to make sure we have an input into government policy that means farming has a better chance of being successful and thriving.”

Mr Benn’s speech is not the only sign that the government has finally woken up to the potential of British agriculture. Just before Christmas, the Home Office increased the number of work permits for migrant farm workers by 5000.

The number of workers entering Britain under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme had been restricted to 16,250. But the number will rise to 21,250 this year in a bid to overcome a labour shortage that had seen crops left unharvested, states the Farmers Weekly

The New Agratech Website is live!

Our new and improved website is now live, at http://www.agratech.co.uk

We have added lots more product information, like Nozzle output charts and technical specification sheets, all in PDF format so you can download and save on your computer for your future reference!

By popular request, we now accept payments by PayPal, as well as by all major credit and debit cards.

The website is still a work in progress, and customer feedback is important to us, so please pay us a visit and give us your thoughts!