It's always fascinating to see how others tackle similar problems to the ones on our farm... great to get that little 'light-bulb moment' when you find something which will work. We've made quite a few useful things from your magazine
Mike Davies, Chester
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Clever ideas for your farm
New Issue #99 out Nov 8 2016
Innovations and other tips
from practical, ingenious farmers
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Message from the Editor
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
Included in each issue
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.
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)
2. Lifting farmers' business knowledge
- financial - budgets, performance
- forecasting, measuring and controlling risk
- legal - company structure, succession
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