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Land Use

..Permanent Pasture

...New Leys
...Hay
...Silage
...Fertilisation of Grassland
...Farmyard Manure
...Cultivation
...Ploughs
...Tractor
>..Make or Buy?
...Crop Rotation
...Why Rotate?

Having decided how to cultivate your acres, you must consider what to grow.

There is an interesting marketing difference between two sections of types of crop produced. Plant such crops as potatoes, cereals and sugar beet and you are concerned with National Boards or similar organisations who are basically marketing for you. You may well be involved in quotas and your aim will be to produce the correct amount of crop in the correct condition at the right time.

Other crops such as peas and fruit are sold by private treaty and it is up to you to find a buyer at the right price at the time you require. Due to EU pressures there are movements within the boards and organisations.

This has only recently affected the hop market and we have yet to see how free competition within this area will alter the market. At the moment most hop farmers seem to think that business will carry on as usual but of course eventually the structure will alter.

At one end of the scale of involvement, you can have all the work done on your land by contractor, grow a crop that is marketed for you and spend your life worrying that other people will not perform as well as you expect. At the other end of the scale, you can do things totally independently, choose crops with a free market, do all the cultivation yourself and spend all your life worrying that you yourself may not manage as well as you expect. Most people choose a middle course; we like to market our own produce but call in help when needed to produce it.

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