Russell is farm manager for John Sheard Farms and a partner in the family farm of D.J. Tebbit, responsible for a total of 995 hectares (2,457 acres), with land crossing into Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Cropping is split between winter wheat grown for seed, milling and feed, winter barley, winter oilseed rape, spring barley, spring beans and spring oats. Russell is an AHDB monitor farmer and a 2014 Nuffield Scholar.
Who would have thought January would herald a shortage of iceberg lettuce, courgettes, broccoli and peppers in supermarkets due to atrocious weather in Spain having devastating effects on the quality of their fresh produce?
In preparation for a Christmas game of Trivial Pursuit, who can remember the year and month Michael Jackson died?
It seems a long time ago, but I also wrote my first Farmers Guardian article in the month MJ died, which was June 2009. A lot has changed since and, in some ways, little has changed.