More and more young people in the UK are turning to rural work. In fact many may even go into farming full time and eventually own their own patch of land. I am one of those people, and from my experience I have a few pieces of advice for those in the same boat as me.
Kill small weeds
It might sound like simple advice but when it comes to growing crops on my farm, weeds have become the bane of my existence. It can be easy to say to yourself ”it’s a small weed. I’ll kill it when it grows.” Don’t wait! Kill that weed now!
Have a concise business plan
Farming is, in a sense, all about numbers. I always make sure that my business plan is up to date. I work out how I can attain my profits and I stick to that plan. The key is not to deviate.
Help your neighbours
It can be easy to look at a neighbouring farmer and say to yourself that they are your competitor. I know that I’ve been guilty of that myself. But if you look at them as an equal and help them when they need it, then it will come back to you in a positive way.
Keep machinery well maintained
It might seem like an annoying expense at the time but it is much more cost effective to get a machine maintained and repaired early. Leaving it to develop a fault later can end up costing you a much larger amount.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
Farming is all about learning. I learned a lot at agricultural college. But I learned even more from my own mistakes while (literally) out in the field. Every failure is just one more step towards success. The more we fail the more we learn.