Chris Hill

The Royal Norfolk Show will highlight the progress of modern agriculture – a journey illustrated through the memories of the county’s longest-serving farm workers. CHRIS HILL reports.

Arable growers can explore the latest research into crop varieties, protection and nutrition at two pre-harvest open days at a working farm next month.

Farmers are being offered the chance to see how cutting-edge potato research is being put into practice at a major East Anglian agricultural estate.

As part of our regular series of profiles on the region’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) members, farm worker JAMES STARKINGS explains how he has been getting to grips with new techniques and technologies.

From digging up buried underpants to the application of bio-stimulants and micro-nutrients, the broadest range of new farming ideas was discussed at a showcase Norfolk farm.

Efforts to prevent a Himalayan crop disease from running rampant through East Anglia’s wheat fields was among the issues discussed by researchers at a farm open day.

A charismatic driving force behind the success of the Royal Norfolk Show will be remembered with a Grand Ring tribute at next week’s event.

Farming leaders in East Anglia welcomed the new Agriculture Bill in the Queen’s Speech, hoping it will bring greater focus to efforts to re-structure the food industry after Brexit.

A chance to study farming practices in the USA revealed a few surprises for DAVID JONES, farm manager at Morley Farms near Wymondham, who reports on his fact-finding mission to Virginia and Pennsylvania.

A range of inventive challenges has helped Young Farmers’ Clubs across Norfolk to raise money for a host of good causes, writes FRANCES ROBERSON of Norfolk Young Farmers.

Agricultural contractors are seeking higher charges and striking deals which shift the balance of risk back towards the farmer, according to findings presented at the 2017 Cereals show.

Trade deals and investing in productivity emerged as the key priorities for East Anglian growers during discussions at the region’s annual arable farming showcase.

Swarms of automated farming robots could hold the key to future productivity and workforce concerns, according to one show exhibitor.

Bringing sheep back into the fold within East Anglia’s farming rotations could be a major benefit to the region’s arable growers, according to livestock sector leaders.

A debate over whether a controversial weedkiller should be used to speed up the harvest prompted a senior farmer to claim glyphosate is “safer than sausages”.

East Anglia’s sugar beet may benefit from extra micro-nutrients this season after an excessively dry spring left many crops stressed during their establishment period.

The government must end the uncertainty over what Brexit will mean for UK farming and take a “collaborative and consensual” approach to its negotiations, East Anglian farmers were told.

Farmers from across East Anglia will converge on a field in Lincolnshire today to join thousands of visitors at a major annual showcase of arable agriculture.

The £11m sale of an “extensive and outstanding” Norfolk farm is a rare opportunity which could attract international interest, said property agents.

Farming leaders said new environment secretary Michael Gove must “understand and articulate” the needs of East Anglia’s agricultural community during a pivotal time for the sector.

The story of how food gets from field to fork was told to thousands of public visitors who donned their wellies to join the farming industry’s biggest open day.

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