Agriculture is a thirsty business. Between keeping livestock healthy, crops watered and washing down equipment, running a farm requires substantial amounts of water. It is little wonder the sector is estimated to represent around 70 per cent of total global water use.
If any other business or industrial sector had the same death toll as agriculture there would be uproar. Imagine if a sector such as aerospace or car manufacturing had seen nine people killed in February alone by a mixture of falling implements and runaway vehicles, the authorities and media would be all over them.
Farming is not always the best industry when it comes to self-promotion. Whether it is the natural reticence of some within the farming community or the desire to simply get on with the job in hand, the limelight is not always wanted or sought.
I sold my first run of stores at Ashford in late October and have another 180 to shift in forthcoming sales.
I guess the good news is our harvest got underway earlier than expected on July 21. The bad news is I now wish we had not started. Ignorance was bliss.
Chris Haylock farms 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres) with his parents in Haverhill, Suffolk. They grow winter wheat, rape and beans, as well as spring barley and beet. He intends to start growing winter barley next year. Chris is the chairman of Halstead YFC.