Farmer David Butler in a field of young oilseed rapeDavid Butler © Hugh Nutt
The combine has finally been put away and this always brings mixed emotions. Relief that it is still in one piece to fight another day and that crops are safely gathered in, but also a sense of melancholy that summer is over and the challenges of a new season have begun. Combines frustrate me; they spend most of the year parked in inconvenient places, furiously depreciating while doing nothing except acting as a rodent magnet. Traditionally we have changed our […]