Yields are fair but would have been better had there been some rain during June. The small amount of rain last Friday was the first since May.
Grain prices were trading well up until last week but collapsed on Friday night following the UN backed deal to resume grain exports from Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.
The deal to release millions of tons of wheat, sunflower oil, and fertiliser to ease the global food crises, was brokered in good faith by Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary general and Turkey.
Russia agreed “Not to take advantage of the fact that the ports in question will be de-mined and reopened”. However, within hours Russia launched missiles onto the port of Odesa. No doubt grain prices will rise once more as traders recognise that Russia has no intension of honouring any such deal. Putin’s aim is to control and weaponise both food and fuel.
Surely it is time to celebrate Brexit. But BBC and left-wing media doggedly decry the 2016 decision; deliberately failing to acknowledge the many benefits and advantages we have gained such as the boost in exports to Europe which are at their highest level since 1997, equating to £16.9bn, an increase of £2.3billion.
Leaving the EU after 40 years has allowed the British flag to be firmly planted on the world stage once again, into which Boris Johnson stepped. He led the way with COVID and supporting Ukraine which he continues to do. We have also taken back control of our democracy, borders, and waters as an independent coast state bringing more quota for fishermen and opportunities for coastal communities.
We also now have control of our own money, helping us to level up across the country; giving freedom to regulate in a more proportionate and agile way that works for British businesses.
These benefits will put money back in people’s pockets and improve their rights and choices as consumers. The ability to enhance welfare standards for farm animals is now also possible.
Much of the progress and future work being set out to build on, have been the ideas of MPs Sir Ian Duncan Smith, Theresa Villiers and George Freeman, and their Taskforce on Innovation, with input from numerous business groups and representative organisations, at the behest of Boris Johnson.
We are also restoring democratic control over our lawmaking - restoring the UK Supreme Court as the final arbiter of the law that applies to the UK, - and made it tougher for EU criminals to enter the UK.
As the EU flounders from crises to crises it is hard to understand why Remainers are still determined on the UK rejoining the sinking ship.