Fair answers Clive, but re your previous post 5:30 yesterday.
re 'Big guys are keeping the bottom from falling out of the land rental market' while at the same time ' the figures don't stack, landlords have no option but to take it or leave it.'
Just who in the hell do you think you were competing against when you won your contracts??
Is it not possible that the small / back of fag packet farmer got his risk analysis spot on when you got yours wrong??.
A contract is a contract.
The first time wheat prices were in the low 60's Peter Kendall made just the same assumptions you are now, when FW gave him a Talking Point page to explain that having entered into rental contracts at well north of £100 acre
the maths did not stack. As a piece, and coming from a man with a degree in Agricultural Economics, it was a shocker.
( I happen to have a lot of time for PK - from local to county YFC, and then from local to national NFU he has always given his time and efforts most generously - but thats not the point here.)
You could have had two good years just gone (marketing dependant)- did the landlord get any extra rent to reflect the feed wheat you sold for £100/t, and well over budget, last season? (I hope not- a contract is a contract)
re 'Landlords need large organised farmers to protect their SFP' More misguided tosh i'm afraid. Cross compliance is NOT difficult - it does require some effort -and there is a cost involved, acre per acre. But the idea that a small farmer might not cope is offensive to small farmers that 'do it right', because, and this may be news to you, not all big farmers do it right.
1) I farm almost next to a huge farmer whose definition of efficiency is to hang an 8m powerharrow on the back of a Quadtrac....while aggressivly acquiring any land he can get his hands on.
2) and much more seriously.
On the far side of my county last autumn the HSE threw the book at a sprayer operator. (If it did not go to court it should have done.) 24m self propelled sprayer spraying Crystal next to the M1 motorway in such conditions that drift crossed ditch, 6 motorway lanes, and was inhaled by two lads strimming verges on far side of road. Kept in hospital a day with inflamed respiratory system.
How many small/ fag packet farmers do you know operate a 24M SP sprayer? (Yes it could have been a contractor.)
Life is not so black and white