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From the editor: Has autumn arrived early or are we imagining things?

For many farmers across the UK the past two months have been punctuated by heavy rain and strong winds which have impeded harvest and led to cattle heading indoors earlier for some.



The knock-on effects are many, with strain being put on finances as winter feed and bedding stocks face potential shortages and prices rise.

 

Added to the mix this year is the concern that supplies of straw could be at such a level livestock farmers may be left without adequate bedding, the inference being that some is being diverted into the renewable sector.

 

It is another example of how industries outside agriculture are now having an impact on farmers and farmland use as both vie for finite resources.

 

Those shifting straw in to renewables can not be blamed for going where the money is, but it does highlight the short-sighted nature of some of those within Government who push agendas such as renewables and may not appreciate the impact it can have on those within the existing supply chain.

 

Similar words of caution have been spoken since various calls emerged for cars to be electrified in the coming decades, with some pointing out little thought had been given to the impact on national power supplies.

 

Whether it is the renewable industry or the fact so much farmland is now being sold off for development, there is the potential some farmers will be stung with higher input costs, especially in years such as this when weather patterns give no-one a helping hand.

 

The relentless rain has also affected shows and events across the UK, although the scores of cancellations seen a few years ago at various country shows have not materialised. Pity those, however, who held events in the pouring rain and wished for an Indian summer to arrive.

 

The weather is a British obsession, but its impact is very real. And with more sectors placing pressure on farmland use and agricultural outputs, the potential for prolonged weather events to cause a greater imbalance in supply heightens all the while.

 

And finally, space age tech and design are on-show with the latest combine launch from Agco. Click here for more...

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