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#118 Aug-Nov 2021 Vol 30-2

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top - Winners and finalists of the Soil Farmer of the Year... top performing farmers whose soil condition is being improved; 

bottom - A 6m whole crop header is making super-food for cows: a mix of barley, oats, peas, vetches, clover,


Save £thousands with the Financial Focus that explains the workings of the highly tax efficient Small Self-Administered Pension Scheme. 

Farm Safety: As UK farm deaths reach another high of 41 we claim that farm safety is  'in chaos' and believe the industry should demand a real change in policy. 

'Made it Myself'  innovations from farm workshops continue to help readers in a practical way. The projects vary very widely both in scale and skill required, and, as we have said before, there's no disgrace in asking for local help. 

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Contents include:



Made it Myself   

Inter-row seeder 

Drilling a grass mixture into a standing maize crop has big benefits for soil quality as well as the bank account. This Made it Myself machine is 9m wide. 


Financial Focus

Here's a tax efficient way to put money aside for a rainy day


You can do much better than buying a tractor
Farm gate prices are high and this means a potential tax bill, very often off-set by investing in a new tractor or other high priced machine, which you'll be buying over many years. This pension scheme can be topped up with funds that are tax free and can be used to fund the farm by a loan from the fund.
Be careful when hiring grain storage. Have your crop identified. 

Made it Myself

Stirrer swivels left and right

This brilliant idea adds to safety, reduces stirring time 

Full details in you magazine Vol 30-2 


Soil+ Cover Cropping International

Wholecrop makes high yielding feed 

This is being harvested before the grain turns to cheese. Wholecrop is worth consideration by every cattle farmer


Quick way to get hub covers off

Small wheels can have stubborn caps. An old hammer head makes the perfect lever 



Top event for arable farmers 

The Big-Top was buzzing with No-till info for the two day event. If you missed it catch some in our report in PFI  30-3 


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Ideas for every farmer




9m Inter-row seeder does 12 rows of maize  5

Tool to remove dust caps on wheel hubs  8

Frame to unroll 100m heavy plastic Duo insulated pipe  8

Milking parlour exit doors work remotely  9

Swivelling slurry stirrer adds safety and efficiency  10

Combine finger makes fencing tool  11

Simple chain and lever gets good pressure on portable drill  11


FARM SAFETY: What’s gone wrong and how to change it  12

British farming took 41 lives in the past year

Farm safety needs a plan, and fast

The NFU press release announcing the deadly figures

Casualties in the Armed Services

Farm Safety on YouTube  15


CEREALS - the Arable Event  17

Andersons Outlook for 2021  17

Crop demonstration plots  18

Buried Soil Scout sensor beeps after 13 years  18

Grain storage and drying  18

Smart rotations / Micromix plant Health / Remin Volcanic Rock Dust  19

Microbiometer / Sinar Grain Meters / Soil Fertility Services  19

Savills Future of Land Occupancy  19

Grange low disturbance subsoilers  20

AgriBank on-the-move tyre pressure adjustment  21



Thinking of investing? Small Self-Administered Pension Schemes give big tax benefits.  Avoiding Woodford.  Collecting tractors.  22

Financial planning pyramids  23

The value of ‘at least’ two banks accounts  23

Investing in classic tractors  24

Farm product prices  24

Changes in farm input prices  24



The creditworthiness of grain buyers - Richard Whitlock July/Aug Newsletter  25

UK tractor sales power ahead  25

Global sales of Organophosphate insecticides increase  26

Re-wilding as a way of farming  27

Big news on bTB vaccines for both badgers and cattle  28

Horsch and Trimble form partnership to integrate their products  29

Ohio loses 25% of dairy farms in two years  30

Tackling farm succession  31

Knowing your weevils from your beetles  32

Modern Fendt gets work-a-day tyres  33

Farm Ideas solves major UK problems  33



Groundswell keeps its mojo  34

Nature Friendly Farming Network 

What is ‘public good’

Big announcement from minister Eustice  35

Farmer focussed supply chains  36

‘Soil Farmer of the Year’ winners  37

Free standing bee hives  37

Guess the cover crop mix  38

Wholecrop silage fits both diet and crop rotation  39

Recipe for a promising crop of winter wheat  41

Claydon-Mzuri in contest over seed drill patents  42


FARMWALK with Gareth and Phil Watkins, Herefordshire

Farm contracting is all about relationships  43

Working with contract customers  44

Krone BigX 780; Opico Inter-row hoe; Vaderstad Tempo drill; 45

Farm machinery financing  46



How to contribute your ideas and projects  48

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