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How many G’s do you

How many G’s do you want? Was I the only idiot who last harvest believed the market analysts who were forecasting significant grain price increases due to the impending El-Niño effect in the southern hemisphere? In hindsight I should have sold everything off the combine rather than grimly hanging on in false hope. Instead of studying the El-Niño effect, I’d have been better off studying Ellie Goulding when wondering when to sell my wheat. And just to quickly add here that I’m not actually in the habit of studying Ellie Goulding but I only mentioned her for illustrative purposes. Sometimes I wonder if the invention of the iPad might partly be to blame. I’ve developed this delusion that I now have at my fingertips the information necessary to second guess the markets. Sometimes as I carry the A4-sized thing around with me in its matt black cover I feel like a religious zealot never to be seen without some form of holy text in his hands. Somehow I’ve got myself to the point where, if I don’t always have to hand a device that gives me access to the Internet, then like a Victorian deep-sea diver cut off from his air supply, I won’t be able to function properly. At times I’m beguiled enough to think that if I’m not in touch 24/7 with grain movements on the Chicago Board of Trade then I might lose the chance to sell my wheat as the price temporarily sores to a giddy £110/t only to crash down again to £105/t a few hours later. Unfortunately, the bitter truth is that if I used a blindfold and a dartboard rather than my iPad to dictate my grain-selling strategy then it would probably be more successful. But I digress. Back to my iPad. One clear advantage with having one within permanent reach is being able to update field records as you go. But all this talk of riding the super-information highway from the comfort of the tractor cab depends on connectivity. Many farmers I speak to are convinced signal for both mobiles and the internet devices is getting worse not better. I wonder if this is actually true or whether, as we become more dependent on good signal, we notice it more when we haven’t got it. Either way it’s clearly becoming more of an issue when it comes to the efficient running of a modern farm –– in the future, farm kit will become more and more dependent on good telemetry. It may not be long before access to a good mobile signal could become as important to running farm machinery as access to diesel. As an industry we need to hold our Government to account with their promise that good access to the internet will become as commonplace as access to mains water. But we should remember here farms were often the last place to get mains water and many of them today still suffer from poor water pressure and makeshift pipe infrastructure. That’s not a parallel scenario to be reassured by. Brexit debacle The question many of us are asking, in the context of the EU referendum debate, is what would UK ag policy look like in an ‘Out’ scenario. I suppose it’s not inconceivable that we could have an acceptable national policy outside of the CAP. It’s not as if you have to go back into ancient history to find such a thing. As late as the early 1970s we had our own UK policy based on deficiency payments and trade agreements with the Europe, the Commonwealth and the rest of the world. But some might add that such a policy could not possibly fit or work in the modern globalised world. Meanwhile it was interesting to hear agriculture minister George Eustice tell the Norfolk Farming Conference in mid-Feb that it was the responsibility of the ‘Out’ campaign to flesh out the detail on this. What’s even more interesting is that a week later, George duly came out as being in the ‘Out’ camp. So George, presuming you agree with your own advice, give us the detail so we can better judge which is better for UK ag, ‘In’ or ‘Out’? Guy Smith grows 500ha of combinable crops on the north east Essex coast, namely St. Osyth Marsh –– officially the driest spot in the British Isles. Despite spurious claims from others that their farms are actually drier, he points out that his farm is in the Guinness Book of Records, whereas others aren’t. End of. Email your comments and ideas to Could studying Ellie Goulding prove a more fruitful use of the iPad than studying the wheat futures? 6 crop production magazine march 2016

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