First the cabbage stem flea beetle brought the oilseed rape industry to its knees. Now this humble beetle could kill off the “barley baron” as well. The term barley baron conjures up all sorts of images. For tabloid readers, anyone who receives a letter from the RPA is one. Not a spitting image caricature, but a product of the CAP. Gordon Gekko in cords. Farming a listless landscape. No rolling fields. A Norfolk prairie perhaps? Maybe a flat Lincolnshire wold. […]
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