BBC Farming Today.:Sybil Ruscoe speaks to one farmer who has decided not to plant food crops this spring.


As things stand at present, if it is your intention to not plants food crops, wouldn't you just keep quiet, rather than speak out and get shot at from all sides ?

I fully realise that there is no shortage of wheat at present, but when the shelves are bare of flour, it doesn't look good when a farmer says "I'm not planting this year"

Bald Rick

Livestock Farmer
He mentions how America are looking after their farmers ..... well, have a look at @Dead Rabbits post here:

Anyway, he does admit he doesnt have rent to pay nor a £500,000 combine on finance so he can sit on his thumbs. Good for him. Maybe he's right & the rest of us freaking out at the prospect of a milk price cut at any moment are wrong?

kiwi pom

canterbury NZ
Read today that some of the veg growers that don't have supermarket contracts here, aren't going to plant anything. What they are harvesting at the moment is dumped or given to food banks because cafes and restaurants are closed and the police have forced greengrocers to close.
Not flash.
You’ve got to be in it to win it though, no crops equals no income at some point so not ideal especially if trade should swing the other way, allthough I can quite understand that thought is needed about costs and expected yields after one of the wettest wi test known.

I’m hearing a lot of talk of people going to plant maize for the digesters on land that didn’t go into winter crops, don’t know if they’ve got contracts or thought it through as not only does there seem a lot wanting to do it but the arable farms with digesters will likely have land of their own not drilled so they may well have all the maize they need.

One things for sure, if enough people don’t plant , the produce they would have produced will be worth good money............,,but that doesn’t guarantee going ahead as usual will pay.

Old Boar

West Wales
I hope the press dont see this and give us headlines "Farmers refusing to grow crops".

The general public do not understand farming, and EVERY farmer would be condemned. It would not matter if you only milked and had never planted a crop in your life.

It would also give us another round of panic buying.

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning 100,000ha launched

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...