Just Beverley - Latest Issue - Flipbook - Page 13
with Sam Walton
Having recently mentioned binders and
moving to combines, which was a massive
step in agriculture, the industry, not only here
but in most of the modern countries, has
moved on again and in fact is constantly on
the move to the extent that it is not easy to keep up with it all.
As the industry moved on,
we began to get lots of red
tape which seems to increase
almost by the day.
I know safety is of paramount
importance, but some of the
pernickety things we have to
cope with, the inspections we
get, the ridiculous questions
we are asked, makes farming
a much more difficult industry to cope with.
day given the right weather, the right field size and can go until late at
I remember sitting alongside the contractor who does my work here and
the combine was registering that he was combining 100 tons per hour.
One thing the powers that be do not seem to realise is that farmers will
not do anything wrong to either animals or crops which will cost them
money, so genuinely we look for the best for everything we do as we
are all a bit tight! The environment is changing we know and modern
living no doubt has a lot to do with it.
Yes, we put fertiliser on the fields, and yes, we put sprays on the
crops, but with modern technology and by using satellite technology,
it automatically reduces the amount we put on from our sprayers and
fertiliser spreaders as it recognises the soil type. Don’t ask me how, but
Of course, he would not do that all the time as there is turning at the
field ends, moving to other fields and not all crops are good enough to
do that etc., but it just shows what modern machinery can do.
Burning straw and stubbles was banned years ago, more the pity
because by doing that we would kill all the weed seeds and always
have clean crops. Now we have to use sprays and we have a
preponderance of black grass, a real curse of a weed.
We had never heard of it years ago, so we have to use sprays to get rid
of it, but it is very persistent and literally spreads like wildfire. Now we
have left the EU, I do wonder what will change? Will we have more or
less red tape?
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I suppose we now use a lot bigger and heavier machinery than we used
to do and no doubt it compacts the ground, but we have cultivation
machinery to loosen it again.
We do care.
Technology moves on in most industries with a view to being more
efficient. The weather plays a big part in what we can and can’t do, and I
guess at times we probably do make a bit of a mess in the odd field but
that is not our objective.
When the first
combines came out,
they would probably
cut two acres in an
hour and would stop
when it became dark
as they did not have
The modern combine
I guess would do over
100 acres in a normal
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