Smarter farming

From my monthly column in the Henley Standard this is the piece from June 4th. By 2070 the world population is forecast to reach 10 billion people, so we have to find sustainable ways to feed everyone. As I mentioned in my last Farming Matters column, where I talked about climate change, synthetic nitrogen fertiliser is having an impact on our industry’s carbon footprint. The … Continue reading Smarter farming

Climate Change; UK farmers are part of the solution not the problem.

This was my article for the Henley Standard on May 7th 2021. Why do farmers always talk about the weather? Could it be because we battle against it every day? We rely on getting sunshine and rain at the right time to help the plants to grow and provide the food we all consume. However, weather is not the same as climate. The dictionary defines … Continue reading Climate Change; UK farmers are part of the solution not the problem.

Rain where are you?

I got a call from the local ITV Meridian evening news show for the Thames Valley. They were getting all excited about April moving towards being the driest on record. I wasn’t entirely convinced that this was a news worthy story, but I decided to get involved for two reasons. Firstly it might make it rain, and it has, 4mm so far, some more would … Continue reading Rain where are you?