We have completed the harvest for this year and on the whole the results have been disappointing, writes Edward Gent.
Looking back over the year it is not difficult to see why. The weather has played a very big part in the outcome of field grown crops, something we have no control over, but have to react to as best we can. This is why as farmers we can seem obsessed with the weather at times. We are beginning to establish crops for next year now, so we must look forward with a positive note.
Oilseed rape has established well; despite the dry weather there has been just enough rain to get the crop growing. We are just beginning to look at drilling wheat and conditions look very good at the moment so hopefully we will get a good start for this year’s crop.
Chickens are laying well and getting well settled in to a good routine. Hopefully this will continue right though the year.
The NFU is at present working very hard consulting farmers and lobbying government on future agricultural policy post-Brexit. It is important that we get our views across to the people who will have to decide how the new agricultural policy will look. We need a fair working policy to allow the industry to thrive and continue to produce the quality food the country needs.