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    Watercourse Depth

    Absolutely right. Here with a high winter water table where under drains are poor or non existent, a lake fills up anyway from groundwater so has no reserve capacity to cope with a big rain event. Without pumps, properly engineered reservoirs that hold water above ground level and a decent...
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    Watercourse Depth

    And at a practical level would I be doing any good or wasting my time by installing a few small dams to raise the water level retained in our watercourses, so the bed width is greater, flow slower and more silt settles out? I’m only talking about 24” or so, nothing major. My only reservation...
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    Watercourse Depth

    Trying to get us to “hold water back” or slow it down is all very well on worthless amenity land but makes agriculture as we know it almost impossible. Their plans to spill flow over a wide area to slow it down will also have a limited effect in my view. The town still sits at the neck of a...
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    Watercourse Depth

    Ha ha. To me that’s an extreme solution which would mean an end to farming here. I am searching for a happy medium. Watercourse bed just below land drain outfalls. A stable level. It’s very good that we are reducing silt input to the watercourses but I think we maybe need small sluices dams or...
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    Watercourse Depth

    The odd thing is we have culvert pipes that have been fixed at a level for 200 years or so and always used them as a guide for the level when cleaning out but now the watercourse bed level is well below the level of these culvert pipes.
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    Watercourse Depth

    We have the forestry commission and golf course downstream of us. They have never cleaned out the watercourses so can’t be accused of over deepening them. They are also having the same problems of self deepening and bank collapse and are trying to hold the water back by crude dams and such like...
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    Should free range poultry be housed at night? Welfare question.

    Our Guinea fowl shunned the hut and always roosted in a big oak tree in the stack yard. Probably more natural. Brings back memories of the days of free roaming poultry and sometimes sows and piglets round the yard. The pig would go off during the day with her piglets getting acorns but they...
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    Watercourse Depth

    Have we become so successful at reducing water erosion off the fields with buffers and management practices that the watercourses depth is taking on a new equilibrium. Ours only seem to stop self deepening when they hit a clay/gravel layer whereas they used to have a Sandy bed which got a bit...
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    Watercourse Depth

    We have noticed over the past decade that some of our watercourses have deepened considerably without any intervention from us. This can mean banks and hedges get undercut and collapse. We have installed small crude dams or weirs in places which has had some success in holding back silt...
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    Dealing with depression - suicidal thoughts - Join the conversation (including helpline details)

    Something I never thought about when I embarked on my engineering career was that all the serious work at that time was in dark satanic mills in rough areas of the country. That really took a lot of the pleasure out if the job. Coming from a rural area with was a massive and unwelcome change of...
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    Dealing with depression - suicidal thoughts - Join the conversation (including helpline details)

    Thing to think about with careers is not only the occupation itself but the situation such as employed, self employed, big firm, small firm, own firm etc. Location is also a big factor along with travelling time. Almost as important as the type of work.
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    Dealing with depression - suicidal thoughts - Join the conversation (including helpline details)

    That’s why I stopped contracting work. I did it for 15 years or so but eventually taking the combine on a 10 mile road trip to combine somebody else’s crops juggling breakdowns and the weather just got too worrisome. And I don’t miss it one little bit.
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    DEFRA consultation on Local Nature Recovery plans

    And I don’t think that wildlife likes being dry one minute then flooded out the next minute. Even wildlife likes a reasonably stable water level.
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    DEFRA consultation on Local Nature Recovery plans

    What we really need is a rural infrastructure recovery plan. We will get nothing back from newts and toads but of course that’s not a problem to some because they don’t rely on crops for a living and food comes from the supermarket. If leaving big areas to nature was a goer, then that land would...
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    Wheat into orbit

    Yes we should have built an alternative such as nuclear before switching the gas off.
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    DEFRA consultation on Local Nature Recovery plans

    Ask the EA about a watercourse abstraction licence and you can’t have one because there is a shortage of water here so they say. Yet they are encouraging sacrificial flood plains to protect down stream conurbations. So which is it? Personally I’d have thought reservoirs to store winter surplus...
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    2022 Sugar beet price not enough

    Well I’m growing it next year. This land needs break crops. Who knows how long the cereals price rise will last? Steady as she goes.
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    Wheat into orbit

    Yes we will see a reduced supply of food next year. What happens thereafter will depend on whether the Russians and China continue a cold economic war with Western Europe , restricting gas supply. Watch out for a softening of western political attitude to Russia / China. As it is the Russians...
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    what grinds your gears

    I try to avoid driving directly under them with the combine but get the edge of the bed under the line. That kind of voltage doesn't take prisoners.
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    Wheat into orbit

    Fertiliser production is a casualty of gas consumption instability brought about by covid. Manufacturing processes which use gas shut down during Covid. Now they are using more gas than normal to replenish run down stocks of goods reliant on gas. But there will be an overshoot in production and...
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