Thriplow Farms Annual Report 1976

Read the full reportIt was a year in which the weather dominated our lives even more than usual.  The most prolonged drought in history gave us the worst harvest anyone can remember.  Winter corn received 7.75 inches between drilling and harvest and spring barley had exactly five inches.  Given our very light free-draining soil it is hardly surprising that yields were down 50% on last year.  Barleys giving no more than a ton per acre were commonplace and winter wheats of over 30 cwt were exceptional.  Without the seed premiums the picture would be distinctly gloomy.  As it is we shall make a small profit this year which will not be enough to keep up with inflation but does at least show that we can manage to survive conditions which we hope will not come again this century.

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