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Opinion: Farmers’ endurance is completely put to the check

Endurance is a high quality not many people appear to own at busy occasions equivalent to lambing, drilling, or, come to think about it, nearly each different day of the yr.

Our endurance is definitely examined throughout harvest, particularly when you find yourself watching your mix trundle up and down a area in catchy climate with a 15ft header, whereas the neighbours have two Lexions on the go slicing 30ft every.

We completed slicing in August final yr. On the similar level this yr we have been simply ending off the wheat, however the mentality of “in case you are not forward of final yr, you might be behind” was nonetheless there.

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Jack Frater

Jack Frater is an agricultural marketing consultant based mostly in Galashiels within the Scottish Borders. He graduated from the Royal Agricultural College with a level in agricultural administration in 2013, having grown up on a household farm close to Alnwick.

It’s value remembering that 2022 was an distinctive yr, whereas in 2020 we’d solely simply began slicing wheat in the beginning of September. There may be all the time extra time than you suppose.

A scarcity of endurance results in frustration, which results in unhealthy tempers. Extra considerably, it may result in accidents or close to misses. I’m an enormous believer in proudly owning your errors, so it’s time to add a brand new one to my record.

After a day of carting spherical bales and in my haste to get completed, the final load arrived within the yard with one much less bale than it had left the sphere with.

Fortunately, I used to be on a personal highway and shortly discovered it earlier than anybody noticed it, mendacity on its aspect within the hedge, lacking a number of the web.

This served as a well timed reminder of how shortly and simply issues can go mistaken, and the significance of creating positive each load is safe.

General, this yr’s harvest was pretty common. Winter crops did effectively, albeit with a major quantity of oats mendacity flat, however spring crops have been disappointing.

Excessive nitrogen and secondary tillering resulted in loads of feed barley within the retailer. A minimum of there was a very good crop of straw.

Now harvest is over, the main focus turns to extra essential issues, such because the Rugby World Cup. As an Englishman in Scotland, the previous few years have been difficult. However so long as Wales don’t win, I can be comfortable. 



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