Having worked on our family farm and contracting business for the last nine years it’s amazing how your favourite job changes over time, writes Martin Ulyatt.
Having worked on our family farm and contracting business for the last nine years it’s amazing how your favourite job changes over time.
My first job on the farm was corn carting at harvest, which I often did during the school summer holidays. Then moving on to driving a combine was a big step and being in control of getting the crop cut at the right times is a big responsibility. Over the recent couple of years I have taken to doing the majority of ploughing on our farm. It is an important role as if it is done correctly, with straight, level and even furrows, the natural elements of weather, especially frost, help to break down the soil structure to make it easy to work with when putting spring crops in from March onwards.
Over the last two months I have started to drive one of the sugar beet harvesters on and off when needed. To be in control of something that in one operation can defoliate, lift out the ground, clean and store on the move and unload into a trailer all at the same time is amazing. In my grandfather’s day it took two people to do each of those operations and in a full day would possibly cover two to three acres. We can now do that in an hour and as many hours a day as you wish to work. Now machines are lifting six, nine and even 12 rows at a time. We all need sugar in our lives but people do not realise what it takes to get it into their tea or coffee.