Don’t miss this month’s new look Arable Farming. Take a look at the digital edition today.
At the time of writing the American Midwest is in the grip of a ‘polar vortex’, with temperatures plummeting to -37degC – colder than parts of Antarctica. It is pretty chilly here in the UK too, last night (January 30) was apparently the coldest so far of the winter – a decidedly nippy -13degC recorded in Scotland. I for one had been lulled into a false sense of security by the extended spell of dry and relatively mild conditions last autumn and through to the New Year and was entertaining a somewhat irrational hope that we might escape any cold weather. I was not alone it seems. There have been drills working in this corner of west Suffolk, as they have been further afield I hear. Reading comments from Arable Farming’s agronomist columnists as their copy arrived, I get the feeling they think it wise to hold off on the drilling for a little while longer.
It is certainly worth checking out what they have got to say if you are tempted to haul the drill out of the shed any time soon. We started putting this issue together just after Lamma 2019 and what a show it was. Obviously, the weather was fine and dry given the event was moving indoors but I think it is fair to say visitors relished the opportunity to take a look at what exhibitors had to offer in the warmth and comfort of the NEC. Some of the stands looked absolutely incredible and it was impossible not to be energised by the hustle and bustle of the show and the conversations taking place in the halls. It is great news that the UK at last has a world-class indoor machinery show of its own and I am sure Lamma is set to go from strength to strength.
A big up to my colleagues here at AgriBriefing who worked so hard to make the move to the NEC a success, to the exhibitors for getting behind the new look show and to all of you who took the time to visit.
Here’s looking forward to Lamma 2020. We’ve got a jam-packed issue this month, much of the content led by the stream of plant protection product (PPP) active losses we are witnessing at the moment. Chlorothalonil and CIPC are among critically important actives currently in the EC’s crosshairs. There is no doubt the way we farm is going to change. Our aim at Arable Farming is to help inform that change.