What inspires farmers and why is their job so important? Philip Partridge explains:
Why did you want to be a farmer?
I grew up on a farm and inherited my family’s passion for farming, producing wholesome food while looking after the fantastic environment I am so lucky to work in everyday
What crops do you grow?
Winter wheat, winter barley, spring barley, spring oats,Winter bean, Rye, soybean, canola, grass for hay, triticale.
What impact do pests and disease have on your crops?
Pests and disease are a constant threat to the health of our crops . One example of a pest we face is the grey field slug. It is the most widespread and damaging slug pest in arable crops, especially on heavy soils with a high clay content. Slugs feeding on plants can seriously affect crop establishment leading to partial or complete crop loss. We use many ways to reduce slug damage, but without slug control products our yields would be considerably reduced in high pressure situations.
In general, how important is it to have access to crop protection products?
Without the ability to access crop protection products we would be helpless in protecting our crops from damage by pests and diseases, we wouldn’t be able to produce food on the same scale. Food prices would also increase as production falls.
Why is your profession important in the challenge to feed the world?
I have an ever increasing passion to produce food that is wholesome and nutritious. We face an ever changing world with all its challenges. Our most important assets (people, soil and water) are under increasing pressure to produce more with less. To do this, and regenerate our soil and look after our environment is going to take new ideas and brave people.
What inspires you about your job?
I am inspired every day by my surroundings, the plants, animals and birds. I am constantly looking to improve what I do and how I do it, taking my inspiration from many of nature’s miracles!
Philip Partridge is mixed arable farmer from Suffolk, UK