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AutoStreamer revolutionises liquid fertiliser application

Now in stock at Agratech, the Auto Streamer is Billericay Farm Services’ new variable rate nozzle system for liquid fertiliser applications.

 Using a clever quad-valve system encased in rubber, the Auto Streamer allows a ten-fold increase in flow rates to be achieved from using only a three-fold increase in pressure.

 As a result, application rates can be varied from 60 to 600 litres/ha at 12kph using a suitable GPS rate controller without the need to ever change nozzle sizes.

 The Auto Streamer costs £28.50 per nozzle assembly and is compatible with Yara’s N-Sensor.

Read more in Whats New in Farming!


Produce more using less, farmers told

DEFRA Secretary Hilary Benn has unveiled a Government blueprint for food policy that will present significant opportunities and challenges for farmers over the next two decades.

Launching the Government’s long-awaited ‘Food 2030’ strategy at the Oxford Farming Conference this morning (Tuesday, January 5), Mr Benn said things can no longer carry on as they are.

The way food is produced, consumed and disposed of will all have to change over the next 20 years in response to a future in which climate change, global demand for food and competition for natural resources all become increasingly important.

Hilary Benn

 Read the full report in Farmers Guardian here

Soil Association response to court of appeal decision in Georgina Downs’ pesticide case

Bateman Refurb 015Peter Melchett, Policy Director at the Soil Association said:


“Whatever the court of appeal says, the fact is UK regulation of pesticide spraying does not take into account the safety of schools or families living next to sprayed fields. These residents are subject to repeated doses of chemical sprays.  Before today’s judgement, the National Farmers Union had admitted that farmers will have to take more care of the wellbeing of their neighbours, whatever the courts decide. The best way farmers can do this is to move to farming systems that don’t require dangerous chemicals to produce our food.”

Read more about the Soil Assocaition here

You can find out more about Georgina Downs here

New Technology saves spud growers millions!

In the United States, Farmers embracing new technology have saved millions of dollars, according to Wcsh6 news, Mainegrowing-potatoes,

Maine potato growers are thriving thanks to a new technology developed by the University of Maine’s cooperative extension program.

The Pest Integrated Management program helped Maine potato growers save $17 million last year. Extension specialists track weather conditions at six weather centers across the state. That information is then used to figure out when late blight, a fungal disease, is likely to develop.

The specialists use the information to recommend when growers should spray fungicide on their crop to prevent diseases.

“We’ve really managed to minimize the pesticide usage in the state of Maine,” said Jim Dill, a cooperative extension specialist.

Growers say it’s the technology is helping more than just the environment. It’s helping them save money. In a typical year, Steve Crane, a potato farmer in Corinth saved about $60,000 thanks to the technology.

“Each fungicide application to me is about $15,000 for my farm so if I can eliminate two sprays that’s $30,000 less that I put out there,” said Crane.

For many growers who have been in the business for years, using technology was a little hard to embrace.

“My father and uncle were on the farm that were doing this since the ’60s and it was very difficult for them. I would say, ‘we don’t need to spray’ and they’d say: ‘get the sprayer going, we have to spray’ and I’d say: ‘No, no, we’re going to do this by science’,” Crane said.

The hotline for recommendations is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or farmers can view a website for the recommendations. You can read more herepotato-blight

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.