A disappointing crop which had suffered through the wet winter, a dodgy reaction to the post emergence spray, and the too hot and too dry early summer.
It is important not to dwell on the ups and downs of a single year in farming. Each one is different, throwing varied challenges which we take on and deal with. Some you win, some you lose but as long as the overall trend is positive, and we keep looking ahead and ensuring we are prepared for the next challenge, and above all enjoy what we do, the opportunities are endless.
The Sussex countryside is still beautiful, if you can blot out the ugly housing and industrial developments which seem to spring up in every nook and cranny, and on either side of most major arteries snaking through the county.
Why the South East in particular is being forced to accept a disproportionate burden of housing is quite beyond me. We are taking on far more than is our fair share, and by doing so the detrimental ramifications will be endless.
There is already a shortage of water, the infrastructure is crumbling, and the roads and railways are overflowing. There seems to be very little joined up thinking by planners and government.
It is not acceptable that someone sitting in his office in Westminster should overrule the decision of local councillors, and impose thousands of unwanted dwellings upon a local community.
The planning rules need urgent attention. And unless the government knows something they are not sharing with the public, their aim of building 300,000 houses in England this year, would seem unnecessary, particularly on the South East’s green fields.
If we could be sure the homes were to house local families some small developments could be acceptable. But plans to bring families from other parts of the country into Sussex, we know from past experience does not work well.
Venezuela is a complete basket case. Inflation is predicted to reach one million per cent this year. Prices are doubling every 26 days on average, social unrest is rife, and many people are leaving the country and heading for Brazil and Ecuador.
The collapse of the oil price, caused by the pursuit of social policies are driven by the socialist leader President Madura, and the late Hugo Chavez whose protégé he was.
Jeremy Corbyn a great supporter of Mr Chavez, and Venezuela, praised the country as an example of a “better way of doing socialism”. A socialism which has destroyed this once prosperous country!
Greece was also once affluent until far left politicians took power, and it fell into the clutches of the EU. Greece has literally been brought to its knees. The story being hailed by the BBC and media that the dark cloud has lifted is far from true.
The harsh economic medicine forced on the country, by Germany in particular, has left deep scars. Athens once an elegant capital is now a city in decay. Shops are shuttered and closed, the Parthenon, home of the Athenian acropolis, is covered in graffiti, and hardship and deprivation is everywhere.
Thousands of skilled professionals have left the country, part of an exodus of over 500,000. Unemployment is 25%, and 40% of 18 – 25 year olds are unemployed.
The austerity imposed by the autocrats in Brussels has ruined Greece and done nothing to relieve it of its level of debt. Its membership of the EU means it can no longer devalue its currency, a ploy by Brussels to save the euro.
Between the EU and the far left Marxists party headed by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, they have ensured that Greece is well and truly broken.