The Farmers Weekly Podcast

The Farmers Weekly Podcast

Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and UK farmer Hugh Broom discuss the biggest news in agriculture, available every Friday.


September 17, 2021 53 min

In this episode, a glyphosate shortage is causing havoc for growers trying to get autumn crops in the ground.

TV star Jeremy Clarkson says he Backs British Farming Day – and voices support for an NFU report on the UK self-sufficiency in food.

In a double dose of dairy stories, we examine plans to boost dairy exports – and we hear from the dairy coop helping its producers get to Net Zero

And we meet the opera singer who left the stage ...

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In this episode, thieves have stolen dozens of satellite guidance systems from farms across East Anglia in a single night – we ask what are the police doing?

Does ploughing and soil cultivation still have a future? We head to a field  in Norfolk where people still think it does.

As milk producers celebrate UK Dairy Day, we look at how YOU can get free advice to combat bovine TB.

On the markets – we're live from this year's Kel...

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In this episode, cereal growers have voted to withhold funding from the Red Tractor farm assurance scheme. We examine why.

A shortage of UK farm workers and lorry drivers has left vegetable crops rotting in the fields. What should be done?

Rewilding – should really farms be taken out of production to benefit wildlife?

On the markets, as the UK cereal harvest slowly gradually comes to a close, we look at the latest prices for combinabl...

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In this episode, thousands of pigs could be culled on UK farms due to a shortage of labour in abattoirs and meat processing plants

The labour shortage is also affecting arable farmers, hauliers and the wider food supply chain – with safety campaigners warning of fatal consequences.

Industry leaders are calling for a 12-month Covid-19 recovery visa to help alleviate the workforce shortages that are causing serious disruption to food s...

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In this episode, researchers get a cash boost to combat flea beetle in oilseed rape.

We speak to the scientist who is seeking the holy grail of a single carbon footprint metric for UK agriculture.

And we find out why healthy hedgerows are having a revival.

This episode co-hosted by Farmers Weekly's Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom.

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 In this episode, the fallout continues over 'unworkable' rules restricting autumn applications of organic fertiliser.

The much-criticised decision by the Environment Agency has thrown autumn crop nutrition plans into jeopardy - including muck for straw deals and sewage sludge spreading.

We take a look at  yields and quality as the wheat harvest gets under way across the country.

As the latest climate change report is publishe...

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In this episode,  new rules on autumn manure applications are set to have a big impact on farms, say industry leaders.

Crime in the countryside falls – but the pandemic fuels a sharp rise in dog attacks on livestock.

Harvest? What Harvest? Rain slows ripening and hampers progress across the country.

On the markets, lamb eases as beef firms up

And if you're having difficulties sleeping – why not try a woollen duvet.

This episode co-h...

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Farmers are unprepared for the big drop in income they will suffer as the  Basic Payment Scheme is phased out in England.

The annual BPS payment makes up 36% of farm income – but one in three farmers have done nothing to replace it – despite cuts less than six months away.

The finding comes in a special survey to mark the start of Transition, a major new initiative to help secure a sustainable future for farm businesses.

With money on...

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In this week's episode, with harvest 2021 is under way, we look at what's happening to  crops coming off the field.

Farm Safety Week starts with a plea to come home safe – we examine how you can stay out of danger on the farm this summer.

The latest Red Tractor scheme rules are announced: are they a step too far?
And we have a special interview with Welsh farmer and British Lion Wyn Jones, in South Africa for an eight-match t...

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Prince Charles' warning over family farms, water for agriculture, arable futures, national food strategy, & down the cattle lines at the Great Yorkshire Show

In this episode, Prince Charles highlights his concern for family farms – and says the future of the countryside depends on their survival.

Have you had your fill? We examine what the government's long-awaited national food strategy means for growers and livestock pr...

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In this episode, we preview the new 4x4 Ineos Grenadier and ask: can it really replace the much-missed old-style Land Rover Defender?

As the government moves away from badger culling, will cattle vaccination be a game-changer in the battle against bovine tuberculosis?

We look at a new set of free e-tools that could make it easier to get the best from agri environment schemes.

And how a group of land managers believe contraception coul...

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This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast was recorded on location at the 2021 Cereals event in Lincolnshire.

In this episode, Defra secretary George Eustice pledges a 30% uplift in support payments to farmers who improve soil health.

But is it enough?

We take  a look at the latest robotic tractor as it woos the crowds at Cereals. Does it stack up?

Cereal varieties are understandably under scrutiny - is the future behind us?

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This week's episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast was recorded on location at Groundswell – the UK annual event dedicated to regenerative agriculture.

We meet the farmers who are improving soil health while ensuring their farms remain profitable and productive. How do they do it?

We look at the latest government plans to reward farmers who look after soil, water and the environment. How exactly will farmers be paid?

We get the low...

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In this episode, we catch up with 21-year-old farmer Kaleb Cooper – the unexpected star of Jeremy Clarkson's latest TV series.

We ask Kaleb what it was like working with Jeremy – and how much of what we see in the eight-part series is real, and how much is for the cameras.

We speak to the Cambridgeshire farmer being sued by plant-based drinks giant Oatly – and examine the growing popularity of oats. 

On the markets, are fertiliser...

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In this episode, after a farmer uses a telehandler to remove a car blocking his gateway, we ask what are your rights when it removing vehicles on your land?

We look at how wheat growers are blending their own seed mixtures to reduce their fungicide use and improve profitability.

On the markets, are arable commodity prices set to stay high?

Is your farm plagued by poor connectivity? We examine the challenges holding bacl the rural econ...

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In this episode, criminal gangs reveal how they target farmers to locate expensive items of machinery they can then steal to order.

Are you going organic? The latest figures show a surge in the amount of farmland going into conversion.
On the markets, are input prices putting dairy margins under pressure?

We take a look at the latest grassland varieties – and ask how many farmers are actually using the recommended list?

And ahead of h...

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In this episode, young farm workers are dicing with death by filming stunts involving moving farm machinery – and posting the footage on the internet.

We examine the employment procedures put in place by farmers and agricultural contractors to stop it happening.

As the prospect of a tariff-free trade deal with Australia draws closer, we ask whether the UK government really is going to throw British farmers under a bus.

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In this week's episode, the government wants to pay older farmers to retire and pave the way for the next generation.

But how will the lump sum exit scheme work – and will it really encourage new entrants into the agricultural industry?

We ask whether a free-trade deal with Australia will really undermine UK farmers?

The government wants to treble the amount of trees we plant – but what about the money and how much are they prepar...

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Farmers are reporting signal problems with John Deere GPS satellite receivers – we find out what's going on.

New planning proposals are unveiled in the Queen's Speech – what impact could they have on your farm business?

Could government plans to ramp up animal welfare leave British farmers at a disadvantage?

On the markets, we find out why the cost of building materials has gone sky-high – and some are being rationed.

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Oilseed rape has had more than its fair share of problems over recent years  - with many growers abandoning the crop  due to cabbage stem flea beetle.

But some farmers believe it is worth sticking with rape – and record-breaking prices mean it could make a wider return to  arable rotations.

In this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast, we visit north-east Norfolk grower Kit Papworth who talks about his strategy for the crop.


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