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22/03/2012

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 22 March 2012

As parts of England experience their driest 18 months on record, scientists are exploring how much stress plants can take, as a means of helping farmers save water. East Malling Research in Kent believes that strawberry plants can endure more severe thirst than farmers previously thought. Following the Welsh Government's decision not to call a badger cull, farmers in West Wales are now considering legal action to recoup the costs of extra cattle TB testing from the administration. 26 years after contamination from the Chernobyl disaster rained down on the UK, restrictions imposed on Welsh and Cumbrian sheep farms are finally to be lifted. And, Bradley Cora 289, the cow Farming Today is following through a year, gets her first taste of spring grass.

Presenter: Charlotte Smith
Producer: Sarah Swadling.

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