Dull January been and Gone looking forward to spring.

One of the quietest times of the year on an arable farm is the dismal month of January. I am sat here writing this the day after ‘Blue Monday’ which apparently is the most depressing day of the year, so called because with Christmas behind us and the days short, cold and miserable then it can all seem a bit, well blue I suppose. However, … Continue reading Dull January been and Gone looking forward to spring.

Should we be importing so much of our food?

World food prices rose for a second consecutive month in September and is now approaching a record 10 year high. This is mostly caused by a global increase in the price of cereals and oilseeds. In the summer of 2020, Russia and Kazakhstan both constrained or even stopped completely their export of agricultural commodities. Further price rises have been spurred on by disruptive weather events … Continue reading Should we be importing so much of our food?

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