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Home built front mounted cultivator cuts a pass with Vady Carrier

Rapid entrance and exit home designed parlour for 350 milked 3x/day

Exlana wool shedding bred for low maintenance and profit

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Since a teenager I've been interested in DIY farm projects. When I started farming myself I became frustrated by mainstream magazines that failed to mention these ideas, so my wife and I started PFI in 1992, and now have 12,000 or so farmers reading each issue. They come from all over the world:  farmers have the same problems wherever they are. The publication is all editorial and financed by the readers - just the way it should be. Take a walk through these pages, and then get innovating!  All the best, and thanks for looking.

 Mike Donovan, editor & publisher

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Soil and Cover Cropping International

This section has been included in each issue since Vol 22 issue 2 (#86) and now totals over 60 pages. No advertising, clear easy-to-follow writing, it covers visits to many no-till farms. Some have been at it for years, and others still feeling their way. As in the rest of the magazine, no ads makes it easy to describe every cost cutting tip, and easy to point out defects and sales methods to beware of. The very first of these sections describes a home made compost turner (using a truck rear axle) and a crimper roller used to terminate cover crops.

The world agricultural industry is at the dawn of a new era. Chemical farming is being challenged by a new agri revolution that is more exciting and potentially productive than any seen for decades. This major section of each issue describes the practical ways farmers are harnessing biology to reduce costs, lift soil condition and create profits. Farmers are finding greater returns and job satisfaction with no-till.

Damaged soil with no organic matter   healthy soil with earth worm   Home made plant population calculator   Over-worked soil which needs improvement   No-till winter wheat trial comparison 
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Soil with poor organic content; Three years into soil improvement; Home designed plant population calculator;  
Conventional land doesn't drain well; Comparison of nine different direct drills (2014 harvest)
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