Tipple spring barley has been drilled, albeit on a much reduced acreage and sugar beet will probably be drilled this week, although I am in no rush to plant the Marfona and Maritiema potatoes yet.

We have some spring beans to drill but with low prices on offer will probably feed them to the Bull Beef.

My sprayer driver is about to get a very long list of jobs on the winter cereals, which look to have come through the winter in good condition. From a long, wet and cold winter, the spring equinox brought a dramatic change in conditions and we may not end up as far behind as was feared a short time ago.

There is no doubt that the soils have taken another hammering from late harvested root crops and it is hoped that with the kit available we have addressed any damage into an outwardly acceptable state.

It seems a crime that while DEFRA and associated quangos bang on about soil damage and water resources there is not a single undergraduate degree currently on offer from any UK university in soil science” and only one degree on inland water resource management – but 28 degrees are available in garden design”.

Natural England is about to publish its report on the state of the farmed environment. It is likely to influence future government thinking, but unlikely to produce any well researched credible answers because we have nobody to find them.

Perhaps the solution lies with the garden designers or with a graduate from the 10 courses in disaster management?

However, like the UK agricultural research base I am also disappearing. I bid a fond farewell to my many fans in Growhow and British Sugar and not forgetting all was not wasted on Emma from Attleborough. Dew yew keep a’ troshin!

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