8 episodes

This series is all about celebrating our farming champions, awarding the lowest variable Cost of Production seen across the YAGRO platform for Harvest 2023. Along with meeting with our award-winning farmers to discuss their operations, techniques and opinions, we also met a variety of guests to cast light on less explored corners of Agriculture - The greatest industry in the UK.

Luke's Best in Field Podcast YAGRO

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    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

This series is all about celebrating our farming champions, awarding the lowest variable Cost of Production seen across the YAGRO platform for Harvest 2023. Along with meeting with our award-winning farmers to discuss their operations, techniques and opinions, we also met a variety of guests to cast light on less explored corners of Agriculture - The greatest industry in the UK.

    Jack Hill and Dr Thomas Gate

    Jack Hill and Dr Thomas Gate

    We’re back! And talking about an exciting new publication – The Chemical and Fertiliser Review, 2024. A comprehensive analysis of inputs and trends over time, highlighting how these affect crop production and costs, this review is steeped in value for arable farmers seeking up-to-date information to keep their operations ahead.   This episode, you’ll be hearing from Biostimulant Specialist Jack Hill at Intracrop, who was a guest contributor in the review, and Dr Thomas Gate – Data Analyst at YAGRO and one of the brains behind the project.  

    • 32 min
    Emily Dimond and Julian Little

    Emily Dimond and Julian Little

    This week contains conversations from the other side of the hedgerow, with Dr Julian Little and Emily Dimond – both professionals driving value in agriculture from their respective areas. Julian dives into the topic of farm data, both in it’s current state and what the future may hold, from the perspective of being a key facilitator for Farm Data Principles - a non-profit certification scheme dedicated to ensuring ethical and effective farm data management practices across the UK. 

     

    Emily is a Senior Ag Expert at YAGRO and has been involved in various corners of agriculture for the last 8 years. She is BASIS & FACTS qualified and shares her views on changes to crop protection and other aspects of farming.  

    • 59 min
    Chris Papworth and Craig Dawson

    Chris Papworth and Craig Dawson

    The Spring Barley Best in Field award for 2023 went to Chris Papworth and the team at Little Staughton Farms. We spoke with Chris about his overall operation, and he offers reasons for favouring Spring Barley in the rotation, alongside some of the techniques and machinery that have helped him grow an outstanding crop of Laureate. We’re also joined by Craig Dawson, Maltings Manager at Muntons, to shine a light on the final journey of Malting Barley beyond the farm gate. 

    • 47 min
    Frazer Jolly, Damian McAuley and Andy Newbold

    Frazer Jolly, Damian McAuley and Andy Newbold

    Farm Manager Frazer Jolly at Saltby Farms joins us with his  Agronomist Damian McAuley of Indigro. This light-hearted yet highly insightful conversation reveals a working relationship that focuses on overcoming challenges whilst navigating shifting landscapes and priorities.

    We’re then joined by Andy Newbold who, amongst many other things, is the Director of Farm-Smart Publishing & Farm-Smart Events, who has his ear to the ground regarding all things farming & tech and shares with us some causes for optimism in the industry.

    • 45 min
    Harry Middleditch & Alli McEntyre Gaharan

    Harry Middleditch & Alli McEntyre Gaharan

    Harry Middleditch of D F Middleditch in Suffolk has won our award for Winter Oats! With a smashing variable Cost of Production of £48.50/t. This fascinating conversation with Harry explored how he continues to evolve his operation to futureproof his farm and stay profitable - including his salient insight of “optimising costs” instead of simply “cutting costs.”
    We’re also joined by Alli McEntyre Gaharan, Event Director for Cereals, who explains some of the many opportunities and challenges that lay behind organising one of the biggest Ag events in the calendar.

    • 45 min
    James Nott and Ben Hatton

    James Nott and Ben Hatton

    In this episode, we’re speaking to our Winter Barley winner James Nott of J R & E H Nott, who directs his farming enterprise in Suffolk alongside his partner Debbie Nott.

    James talks all things rotations, diversification and premiums in a conversation that highlights the many ways he stays ahead.

    We’re also joined by Ben Hatton at Farmplan who speaks about the role of Farm Management Software today and what it may hold for the future.

    • 40 min

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