Henley Standard Farming Matters August.

It was one of the earliest starts to harvest for a long time, although it was always on the cards as the crops have been about ten days ahead all year. We began with winter barley on the 11th July. The oilseed rape has also been harvested and safely tucked away in the shed.  At this point it might be helpful to explain the difference … Continue reading Henley Standard Farming Matters August.

Time to grow your own food.

Spring, which has now officially turned into summer, is my favourite time of year. The dullness of winter, in terms of colour in the countryside, is replaced by a kaleidoscope of greens as the trees awake from their winter slumber. The wild flowers beneath the trees and along the field edges and roadside verges add to the mosaic. When things really get going, especially the … Continue reading Time to grow your own food.

Farmers cannot be green if they are in the red.

My May piece for the Henley Standard which came out the day after the local elections were held. It seems food and farming are always in the news at the moment. Consumer inflation for the last period of analysis was 7% whilst inflation in agricultural inputs is just over 24%, pushed up by increases in fuel, fertiliser and animal feed. On the flip side, commodity … Continue reading Farmers cannot be green if they are in the red.