Over the next four hours, the two men would plough their furrows on a field of stubble, the remains of a crop that has been harvested. They would be watched by three-man teams of judges who would assess the neatness, straightness, width, depth and aesthetic quality of their ploughing. The pair were competing in different classes, using different kinds of ploughs – Chappell with a reversible and Boyles with a conventional. (The reversible plough, manipulated by a set of hydraulic levers, can flip over at the end of each furrow, allowing the ploughman to plough up and down his plot of land. The more old-fashioned conventional plough can’t flip, but stays in the same position, requiring the ploughman to plough around his plot instead.) The following day, they would return to plough on grassland – a less forgiving surface, where every wonky furrow is obvious to the spectator. The scores from the two days would then be amalgamated, and the winner in each class crowned … [Read more...] about Field of dreams: heartbreak and heroics at the World Ploughing Championships
Although South American countries such as Brazil and Paraguay are expected to add 11m hectares to the global agricultural inventory between 2018 and 2027, in part by destroying the rainforests, agriculture’s footprint in the developed world is already decreasing, with “more land now being abandoned from agriculture than converted to it”, according to a recent study by the University of Minnesota. Already, as parliament has heard, a lot of British hill farmers are not being replaced when they retire. As a child in London, I heard my mother’s stories of growing up as the daughter of farmers on the Canadian Prairies. There was no Roundup weedkiller, though I’m sure my mother and her siblings, bent double to pick weeds from a field of mustard, would have appreciated it. For my own children, urbanites to their bones, their grandmother’s upbringing must be hard to conceive. Farming is retreating even from the imaginative capacity of most Britons. … [Read more...] about The end of farming?
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