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‘Our year in farming’ – 2014 through the eyes of East Anglian farmers

Recent EDP article 3/1/15


Mark Fletcher: Farms on the Walsingham Estate within a family partnership, growing cereals and oilseed rape alongside a specialist sugar beet contracting enterprise

“Looking back over the last year, I think it is the first time in my farming career that I could not find too much wrong with the weather – so much so, even my family noticed my distinct lack of complaint. This however has been offset by the fall in commodity prices which has affected all farms to a greater or lesser extent, based on forward-selling of crops. Sugar beet on a lot of farms will be the backbone to profits this year, due to high prices and record yields on many farms reported.

“The current cropping year has started well, with the majority of crops getting away to a good start. Early problems with flea beetles in oilseed rape have now been overcome with the mild weather, but this is not likely every year without adequate seed treatments available. My hope this year is to have crops meet their early potential, especially as the commodity markets remain as volatile as ever.”

Full article here:

http://www.edp24.co.uk/business/farming-news/our_year_in_farming_2014_through_the_eyes_of_east_an glian_farmers_1_3904138