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Hi Mike
Just received the latest issue of Farm Ideas.--- another great issue keep up the good work !!
A good caption for the photo on page 37 would be
Three Wise Monkeys--Hear no evil--see no evil--speak no evil !!
Jack Smith

Jack Smith

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112# Feb - May 2020 Vol 28-4

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Practical Farm Ideas Vol 28  issue 4   

Feb - May 2020  #112

Practical Farm Ideas Feb - May 2020 summary

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Made it Myself.  
1.   The cover pic is an LPG tank converted into a molasses loader. Will Barrie used to spend 15 minutes or so getting 300kg of molasses from the storage tank into the mixer wagon. It involved driving to the tank and then waiting while it slowly went through the  3in dia pipe which is quite long. He built the portable tank that goes on the telehandler which means:
•  the diet feeder stays in the same place for loading - no motoring around the yard
•  the gas tank holds enough for multiple feeds
•  300kg drops into the feeder in about a minute

Our cover picture shows the converted tank filling his diet feeder wagon. The pic above shows the storage tank with the mobile tank on the ground to the right, close to the building.

2.   ATV round bale carrier. Hooks on ball joint. Self loading and unloading using bike traction only. No electrics or hydraulics.
3.  Front box has spare diesel tank, pump, storage and concrete weight

.... 35. And the last innovation in this issue, on page 47 is...   

Neat flip down extension for bale trailer carries an extra five bales


Financial Focus

The Benefits of Going Environmental

Should farmers sign up for eco-money or focus on farming?

We know the direct payments are going to be replaced with environmental ones. We have done detailed work on both the Treasury statements and those from Defra and the devolved administrations to see what the future support will look like. Should farmers sign up for eco-money or focus on farming?
Soil+ Cover Cropping International

YEN - the Yield Enhancement Network, started in 2012 and getting into it's stride. Yen members look at yield potential and aim to get as high a score as possible. Loads of information about how to get there. 

Young US farmer become no-till pioneer
Jesse Hall likes learning no-till farming, and now knows so much he is asked to give talks to farmers twice his age and with many more seasons behind them.


A Tale of Two Conferences.


If you are into farming politics, wanting to find out how this great industry can go forward, there's no better place to be in January than Oxford where the two competing conferences take place. It's an editorial nightmare going from one to the other, but a cornucopia of information. EG  Our report criticised the then Defra Sec of State, Theresa Villiers, for her monosyllabic answers "we will follow the science", "we are currently/will be researching this matter". Poor performer who was out of office before we went to press. 
LAMMA is another January event, and what a show it was! Absentees? There was not one bank, and we are told they don't collude.

Farm Safety

This is part 3 of an on-going series. Something every farmer needs to get a grip of.

The farm safety message is not getting through. We call for a total re-think. Too many are losing lives and limbs. We show an example of a totally idiotic event which every farmer needs to consider.


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