FG BUY&SELL        FARMERS WEATHER       ARABLE FARMING        DAIRY FARMER      FARMERS GUARDIAN        AGRIMONEY        OUR EVENTS        MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS        BLOGS        MORE FROM US

You are viewing 1 of your 2 free articles

You’ll need to join us by becoming a member to gain more access.
Already a Member?

Login Join us now

Arable Farming magazine's September 2016 digital edition

Insights

Don’t miss this month’s new look Arable Farming. Take a look at the digital edition today.

Twitter Facebook

A word from the Editor

 

As I sit writing in my office in Suffolk the temperature outside is pushing 30degC, as it is elsewhere in the southern half of the UK. Harvest in these parts is drawing to its conclusion and, quite frankly, we could do with some rain. Oilseed rape crops drilled early to beat cabbage stem flea beetle are going nowhere and cultivators are wearing up metal at alarming rates.

 

Conversely, the weather map for the northern half of the country shows a large, blue, rain-denoting splodge, if I can put it so inelegantly, which is leading to harvest delays and sadly, yield and quality losses.

 

For many it has been and, at the time of writing, continues to be, a harvest of frustration and disappointment. Things got off to a shaky start, with the winter barley and oilseed rape results having done little to lift the spirits. Fortunately there has been better news as wheat has come in, although it looks very much as though achieving the five-year average will be a good outcome this harvest.

 

There have, of course, been some good results and we should acknowledge these and perhaps consider if there is anything we can learn from them, although as ever, the weather is beyond our control.

 

Growers will of course put their harvest disappointments behind them and move on to getting next year’s crop in the ground; it’s what farming is about. But as the long hours of harvest give way to the critical task of getting 2017’s crops off to a good start, let us not overlook the fact that a tough season lies ahead. Money is already tight, there will be no cushion provided by bumper yields this time round and the agronomic, economic and political challenges of recent seasons remain. Time indeed for clear thinking, informed decision-making and, yes, working together.

 

Away from harvest the discussions and debate around Brexit continue. Farming leaders have called on the Government to offer assurances agriculture will not be forgotten in trade talks – Department for International Trade papers published in recent weeks were reported to contain no mention of farming or food.

 

And while there have been Treasury assurances on funding for UK agriculture until 2020, what happens after that remains an unknown. Farming is a longterm business and for many the future is still uncertain.

 

On a final note, a little over a month after announcing the new season sugar beet contract offer, British Sugar is seeking more growers. Now that poses some questions.

Twitter Facebook
Rating (0 vote/s)
Post a Comment
To see comments and join in the conversation please log in.

More Insights

Tan spot: An emerging threat?

With disease management in cereals focused on control of septoria, rusts and mildew, are we leaving the door open for tan spot? Abby Kellett finds out more.

Marrying intensive farming with wildlife conservation

Arable productivity need not be compromised to make way for greater biodiversity, this year’s NIAB TAG Outlook Conference in Durham heard. Abby Kellett reports

In pursuit of an improved cultivation strategy

Reducing cultivation intensity increases work rates and reduces cultivation costs, according to one Yorkshire potato grower. Abby Kellett finds out more.

Arable Farming magazine's April 2017 digital edition

Don’t miss this month’s new look Arable Farming. Take a look at the digital edition today.

A toast to Suffolk's community spirit

Rural pubs are a key factor in village life and not just simply a place to drink. They not only provide a local meeting point and hub for the community, but also bring the community together from all walks of life. Danusia Osiowy finds out more about one Suffolk community who worked together to save the Duke.
FG Insight and FGInsight.com are trademarks of Briefing Media Ltd.
Farmers Guardian and FarmersGuardian.com are trademarks of Farmers Guardian Ltd, a subsidiary of Briefing Media Ltd.
All material published on FGInsight.com and FarmersGuardian.com is copyrighted © 2016 by Briefing Media Limited. All rights reserved.
RSS news feeds