Farmer Roy's Random Thoughts - I never said it was easy.

glasshouse

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lothians
The cotton farm i worked on was 45,000 acres of dead flat floodplain
Justbefore the harvest about 1990, the whole place was under 2 metres of water except for a little bump where the houses and yard was
 
Let's see if this gets the wider response that it should? Sounds about right to me.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47203344

What issues are being under-played?
  • Topsoil is being lost 10 to 40 times faster than it is being replenished by natural processes
  • Since the mid-20th Century, 30% of the world's arable land has become unproductive due to erosion
  • 95% of the Earth's land areas could become degraded by 2050
These matters are close to home for British politicians, the authors argue, with the average population sizes of the most threatened species in the UK having decreased by two-thirds since 1970.

The UK is described as one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

Some 2.2 million tonnes of UK topsoil is eroded annually, and over 17% of arable land shows signs of erosion.

Nearly 85% of fertile peat topsoil in East Anglia has been lost since 1850, with the remainder at risk of being lost over next 30–60 years.
 
Let's see if this gets the wider response that it should? Sounds about right to me.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47203344

What issues are being under-played?
  • Topsoil is being lost 10 to 40 times faster than it is being replenished by natural processes
  • Since the mid-20th Century, 30% of the world's arable land has become unproductive due to erosion
  • 95% of the Earth's land areas could become degraded by 2050
These matters are close to home for British politicians, the authors argue, with the average population sizes of the most threatened species in the UK having decreased by two-thirds since 1970.

The UK is described as one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

Some 2.2 million tonnes of UK topsoil is eroded annually, and over 17% of arable land shows signs of erosion.

Nearly 85% of fertile peat topsoil in East Anglia has been lost since 1850, with the remainder at risk of being lost over next 30–60 years.
Australia is loosing a lot of topsoil too. I have never seen ground cover disappear as bad as this drought. We have had more dusty days then I have ever seen with dust coming from the west. I have never had much dust come off my place, but I have 2 paddocks with blowing patches. One paddock is failed vetch and the other failed barley. I might hook up the airseeder and try and bring up some clods to stop it blowing.
 

Karliboy

Member
Location
West Yorkshire
Last I heard was estimated of 1 000 000 head and in some places, everything including wildlife. One station owner said it's dead silence outside....

Can’t like that:(
Here I am thinking I’m having a bad time worried about the cost of buying in more fodder to last the winter. Wether it’s all worth it or not.
Well I don’t now I’ve given my head a wobble.
I can’t even start to understand the hardship these poor farmers have gone through this last few years and now for this to happen.
My heart goes out to all those struggling via drought or flooding down under.
 

onesiedale

Member
Location
Derbyshire
Let's see if this gets the wider response that it should? Sounds about right to me.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-47203344

What issues are being under-played?
  • Topsoil is being lost 10 to 40 times faster than it is being replenished by natural processes
  • Since the mid-20th Century, 30% of the world's arable land has become unproductive due to erosion
  • 95% of the Earth's land areas could become degraded by 2050
These matters are close to home for British politicians, the authors argue, with the average population sizes of the most threatened species in the UK having decreased by two-thirds since 1970.

The UK is described as one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world.

Some 2.2 million tonnes of UK topsoil is eroded annually, and over 17% of arable land shows signs of erosion.

Nearly 85% of fertile peat topsoil in East Anglia has been lost since 1850, with the remainder at risk of being lost over next 30–60 years.
BBC news channel just ran a significant discussion about this story.
Some very relevant points raised about the issues, although the report author from the Institute for Public Policy unfortunately fell rather short on his suggested policy recommendations .
Dare I say it, but I think the BBC may have found a new sensational story to spin out and we need a PR team primed ready to respond @Guy Smith
Tell them farming is the solution, no longer the problem.
 
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