03/04/20: Spring drilling, Growing demand for veg boxes, Ash dieback
After months of wet weather, the recently sunshine means lots of farmers are out in the fields, desperately trying to catch up on planting crops. But is it worth it? Sybil Ruscoe speaks to one farmer who has decided not to plant food crops this spring.
As the impacts of coronavirus continue to be felt in rural communities across the UK, we hear from a mixed organic farm in Oxfordshire which has seen a surge in veg box orders.
And it may have slipped out of the headlines, but ash dieback is still a live issue, with millions of trees being felled. We visit a site on the Salisbury Plain where trees are being removed.
Presented by Sybil Ruscoe
Produced by Heather Simons
02/04/20 Abattoirs and coronavirus, Commerical forestry, Audio diary from Archdeacon of Cardigan
The coronavirus crisis is having a big impact on meat producers and abattoirs. The market for high-end cuts of meat has fallen sharply with the closure of restaurants and hotels, while family celebrations for Easter and Eid, which would have boosted sales of joints of meat, are likely to be put on hold this year. Meanwhile, measures to keep abattoir workers safe from coronavirus infection are not straightforward. Sybil Ruscoe asks the Association of British Meat Processors what effect it's all having.
Continuing Farming Today's week-long look at trees, we hear from Confor - the organisation which represents forestry and the wood-producing sector. After all the optimisim of tree-planting promises during the general election last year, how is commercial forestry faring now?
And we hear the audio diary of the Archdeacon of Cardigan, as she tries to look after her flock during the coronavirus lockdown.
Presented by Sybil Ruscoe and produed by Emma Campbell.
01/04/20 Social distancing in horticulture, Coronavirus lockdown on a goat farm, Jobs in arboriculture
The coronavirus crisis has brought a double-whammy for growers in the horticulture sector. Travel restrictions mean it's harder for their usual workforce to come to the UK for the picking season, and at the same time keeping pickers two metres apart is not easy. Anna Hill finds out about new measures being introduced on some farms, to keep staff safe.
A goat farmer in Northern Ireland sends us his audio diary of life under lockdown on the farm.
Continuing a week-long look at trees, we hear about careers in arboriculture.
Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Emma Campbell.
31/03/20 Nationwide scheme to recruit British crop pickers
The National Farmers Union is having urgent talks with the DEFRA Secretary later today to discuss a nationwide scheme to recruit UK agricultural workers. We hear from an asparagus farmer who's struggling to find people to pick his crop, and from NFU Vice President, Tom Bradshaw.
Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.
30/03/20 For the love of trees; Newmarket races and coronavirus; Rural tourism in Angus
Charlotte Smith speaks to Darren Moorcroft from The Woodland Trust about the impact the coronavirus is having on their work and on the people who still want to visit their woods. Caroline Millar gives an update on the tourism business she runs on a farm in Angus, and Jonathan Park reports on the shutdown of Newmarket's horse racing industry.
Presenter: Charlotte Smith
Producer: Toby Field