Less helpful are those who use our corn fields as a racetrack and perform wheelies through standing crops on their quad and motor bikes.
The barley is already stressed due to the wet spring, late disease control and application of Bio products. Purposely destroying our crops really is unacceptable; I must speak to my agronomist and ask for a recommendation to exterminate these night riders.
I am regularly having to confront these guys, some wearing balaclavas, who clearly have a wider knowledge of the Kings English than I do! One tries to appeal to their better nature, which they obviously don’t have, by explaining these crops are part of our livelihood, and John has spent many unsociable hours, often at weekends and Bank Holidays, tending them. So why do they think it is ok to act like Putin’s Wagner squad destroying everything before them.
I enjoy receiving feedback regarding my weekly column; it is always interesting to receive readers opinions, most of which are appreciative, very occasionally not.
Recently, my son who manages my Blog, informed me I had been ‘trolled’. The person in question, who chose to ‘troll’ anonymously using a false name, clearly had a personal axe to grind. Her comments certainly lacked any charm or logic, but we found them mildly amusing. We decided it would be courteous to respond, thanking her for her comments. This prompted a reply which immediately identified her to be the very person we guessed it was. So much for attempting to hide behind the internet!
NFU South East is hosting a series of health and safety workshops during the summer. John and I attended one last week which was hosted by a local farmer. Some years ago, we attended one at Plumpton College, where my main take away was the demonstration, using a man sizes weighted dummy, showed how easy but with disastrous consequences, it is for someone to fall from height, in particular out of loader bucket or telehandler without the correct safety cage and harness. The number of times we were made to watch the dummy fall, always headfirst, has stuck with me ever since.
At last week’s session we were reminded just how easy it is for accidents to happen around farm buildings, and out in the fields. Today many farmers work alone making them increasingly vulnerable, not only to mechanical, machinery and livestock accidents, but also for those facing mental health issues. It is vital that we keep an eye out and regularly communicate with friends and neighbours, so hopefully spot when things could be going wrong before they become critical, and reach out a hand in support.