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Anglia Farmer


EDITORIAL


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Looking forward to a better farming year


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Anglia Farmer is a controlled circulation magazine published monthly for farmers and growers in the eastern counties. To be included on the circulation list, a farmer must have a minimum of 70 acres of land, or 50 dairy/beef stock, or 50 breeding sows/250 growing stock, or 15,000 laying hens/broiler chickens. Intensive horticulture units are required to have a minimum of two hectares. Subscription is £18 a year (including postage). No responsibility can be accepted by the publishers for the opinions expressed by contributors. If you no longer wish to receive this magazine, please email your name, address and postcode as it appears on the wrapper to jade.soanes@micropress.co.uk


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he beginning of the farming year should be an exciting time. Autumn drilling sees new crops go in the ground – a fresh start that


sees us look to the future – full of hope and opti- mism that in 10 months time we will be looking at a glorious golden harvest. It doesn’t always work that way of course. As this year shows all too well. Cereal yields have been variable at best – and frequently downright disap- pointing – the culmination of one of the most chal- lenging farming years in living memory. A wet autumn followed by a dry spring and then a hot but wet summer have also taken their toll on soils. It’s been a tough time. Many damaged fields remain a long way from a full recovery. And the leg- acy of the past 12 months will continue to be felt for some time to come. If anything, 2019/20 is proof that we should nev- er take food for granted. This year has demonstrat- ed that farmers can do everything right only to see their efforts stymied by factors out of their control – most notably the weather. Which makes it all the more important that our political leaders throw their weight behind the in-


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dustry and support Britain’s growers and livestock producers. And this month, government ministers and MPs are being asked to do just that. This month marks the fifth annual Back British


Farming Day. Taking place on Wednesday, 9 Sep- tember, the day of celebration highlights the con- tribution made by the £120bn food and farming sector to the national economy – as well as in feed- ing the nation. With four months to go before the end of the Brexit transition period on 31 December, the NFU is also highlighting the importance of securing a UK-EU trade deal that will avoid swingeing tariffs from being imposed on agri-food exports. Farmers can play their part too – by inviting their local MP on to their farm – showing them how some of the best food in the world is produced, and how food producers in turn look after great Brit- ish countryside. There has seldom been a more important time to Back British Farming.


Johann Tasker Editor


OPINION Johann Tasker


Vol 40 • No 9 • SEPTEMBER 2020


News .................................................................... 4 Arable .................................................................. 8 In the field ........................................................12 Crop Establishment .......................................18 Water .................................................................. 31


Forestry ............................................................. 41 Livestock ......................................................... 46 Professional services .................................. 49 Anglia Machinery ........................................ 52 Final say ........................................................... 58


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