Steve Bumstead farms
148ha (365 acre) from
Ouse Bank Farm, Great
Barford, Beds. He is a first
generation farmer and
council tenant, growing
combinable crops on three
blocks of land. He supports
LEAF and is the FWAG
JUNE is a month that just flies by, what with all the trials, visits and, of course, the annual Cereals event.
Forgetting last year, this excellent show has become an annual Mecca for the serious grain producer.
What makes the event unique is the fact it is not static, but moves around mostly the eastern part of the country. This gives visitors an insight into growing crops on different soil types.
The trouble is that I now need two full days to see it all and do my stint on the LEAF stand.
Well done to the RASE and exhibitors and thanks to the Ireland family for all their hard work and support of the arable industry.
The T3 fungicides are now on. I have stayed with the tried and tested mix of 250ml each of Folicur (tebuconazole) and Amistar (azoxystrobin). I have tried Syngentas new Amistar nozzles on part of the area as a comparison to the 02 lo-drift flat fan I normally use.
The lobbying by various groups for the government to adopt the Curry proposals as a whole is a cleft stick for me. Wearing my LEAF/FWAG hat, I demand the £500m match funding and the promise of putting profit back into farming.
Stripping off to my to my bare-fisted street fighter NFU member role I challenge the motive and fairness of modulation.
Cross-compliance is being tabled as an alternative to Curry. A few years ago I suggested just such a regime to a farmers group meeting. This caused quite a stir and left me scuttling towards the back exit.
Its very laudable but could mean that those who are in the habit of flailing their hedges to waist height in August would lose all or at least some of their area payments through bad practice.
Doing nothing is not an option, but one thing is certain. Without profit being put back into farming no proposals are worth the paper they are written on. *
Wherever it is located Cereals is an annual Mecca for serious grain producers, says Beds-based Steve Bumstead.