Congratulations must go to all the finalists and winners of the Farmer’s Weekly awards.

You are all a true credit to our industry. A high-profile awards dinner like that can only push farming further into the nation’s spotlight.

This was highlighted as I tried to explain what was going on to my taxi driver in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Having convinced him that British is best, he assured me that he would go and get a copy of Farmers Weekly that Friday, to see what all the fuss was about. (Have the circulation figures gone up in the East End yet?)

Back from the big smoke and the farm is looking very autumnal. The colours we have had this year are truly amazing, but are rapidly disappearing due to high winds and rain.

The weather has caused the sprayer to be parked up for the time being until the weather and ground conditions allow the continuation of autumn herbicide applications.

Crops on the whole look ok. The OSR is still behind compared to previous years, but with an application of sewage sludge beneath it, hopes are high that it can get a good ground cover before pigeons find it. I fear that they could be a real problem this winter with backward crops so the gas bangers are being serviced and bottles refilled ready for action.