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New August 2017 issue contents. 

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Grassland aerator made using trailed Vicon Olympus mower

Grass aerator built for a few ££ in 1988 by editor Mike Donovan was inspiration for magazine. Vol 1-1

No-till seed drill made from all spare parts
Zero-till drill built 2010 from all spare parts does 600ac/yr  Starter fert and rape sowing. Vol 26-1
Land Rover Discovery converted for farm transport work
Discovery conversion of MOT failure carries far more than a UTE like a John Deere Gator, and costs a fraction  Vol 23-1
Milking cluster with home made reverse flushing
Home made cluster flushing made major reduction in mastitis and cell count  Vol 20-3

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The permanence of the printed page and the  expense of full colour printing and distribution is a huge incentive to get it right. We take a great deal of trouble over each issue, print on high quality paper, and send out via Royal Mail. 

40 'Made it Myself' ideas / issue

Each page has farming ideas which readers will not have seen before. We discover and visit innovative farmers across the country, and overseas from time to time.   Arable and livestock; complex and simple; one-off ideas modified and built from scratch.

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Practical Farm Ideas does not accept advertising and editorial is the decision of the editor. No adverts or 'advertorial' means there is no need for us to promote products, but if we find something great we'll let you know.

Soil+ Cover Cropping

The ONLY farming magazine with 'SOIL' in the title. We have had special Soil section since 2013 Articles describe how conventional farmers have changed to no-till; selecting cover crops; how they have improved soil structures, fertility.

Quarterly, since 1992

We've published in good times and bad, and provided practical unbiased advice all the way down the line. Readers often tell me "I've kept every copy". 

Have you seen these issues? 

Practical Farm Ideas magazine Vol 25-2  farming on Salisbury Plain Practical Farm Ideas Vol 25-1 Herefordshire farmer; Groundswell No-Till farm visit Practical Farm Ideas Vol 24-4 Mobile cattle handler; renovating grassland Practical Farm Ideas Vol 24-3 Driverless tractor; cow cubicle brush
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Soil and Cover Cropping International

First included in 2013, this new section of the magazine kicked off with details of a one-off crimper roller and a home built compost turner. 

The section gives readers the experiences from zero-till farmers: how they get on direct drilling into stubble and grass; how they grow successful cover crops; how they have adapted and made no-till machines, including direct drills, adding liquid fertiliser kit, changing coulters etc.

The section helps farmers get zero-till right from the beginning, to help them avoid disappointment.

Practical Farm Ideas - the only farming magazine with 'Soil' in the title.


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 

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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