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A farm diversification project that’s a real (Gin and) tonic!

Warner Edwards Gin was meant to be a part-time project, a fill-in for the down-season in Lavender Essential Oil production. However, three years and some heavy research later, old friends

Pic Courtesy Warner Edwards Website

Pic Courtesy Warner Edwards Website

Tom Warner and Sion Edwards have a product to be proud of!

Realising  from the outset that their biggest selling point would be the provenance of their product, the pair distill and bottle the Gin at the farm premises and use Spring Water from one of the Northamptonshire farm fields.

The product has super-strong branding and has been taken up by leading food and drink retailers including Fortnum & Mason and Harvey Nichols, with the pair sticking to a plan to find the right person in the right store and to approach them directly.

There are plans for fruit flavoured Gins to come, we can’t wait to try them!

You can see a full story here on farmers Weekly Interactive. 

The Warner Edwards Website is here, and you can buy the Gin online, too – quick pass the credit card!

Are you the UK’s Top Milling Wheat Grower?

NABIM (National Association of Bristish & Irish Millers) and HGCA (the cereals and oilseeds division of AHDB – the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board) have launched a joint competition to find the UK’s top milling wheat grower.

This annual competition has become established as formal recognition of how the country’s best growers combine attention to detail with end customer awareness and business acumen to create  win:win scenario for the whole Wheat Chain.

Photograph shows 2011 winner James Price.

You can read more about the competition on Farming Weekly with application forms available from NABIM and HGCA

 

Credits to FWI

The competition closes on 30th April and the winner will be announced later in the year at an industryawards ceremony at the Ritz Hotel.

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