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Hugh Mason


Hugh is a 57 year-old farmer based in the UK. Hugh works for his family-owned business, Maurice Mason Ltd. Today, the farm is roughly 1,500 hectares (3,700 acres) and is used to grow maize/rye, winter wheat, sugar beet and more. The maize and rye are sent to an anaerobic digestion plant to make electricity. The winter wheat goes to local animal feed mills. The sugar beet goes to a nearby sugar beet processing plants.
  • July 2, 2024

Farmer Diaries (UK): Harvest Ramps Up

Insight Focus This year’s wheat crop is set to be smaller, and p...

  • May 23, 2024

Farmer Diaries (UK): High Probability of Yellows Virus Among Beet Crop

Insight Focus Rainfall on the farm has been higher than expected. But ...

Grains Sugar
  • April 12, 2024

Farmer Diaries (UK): Extremely Wet Weather Slows UK Crop Development

Insight Focus It’s been one of the wettest UK winters on record....

  • March 21, 2024

Farmer Diaries (UK): Rain Continues To Stall Progress

Insight Focus For the next two weeks, rainfall is expected to be 186% ...

Grains Sugar
  • February 1, 2024

Farmer Diaries (UK): A Rocky Start to 2024

Insight Focus The farm is experiencing heavy rainfall and above-averag...

  • December 21, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): Heavy Rain Slows Beet Harvest

Insight Focus It’s rained continually in the past 65 days. The m...

  • November 29, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): A Rainy November

Insight Focus Wet weather slows UK beet harvest. I’m also concer...

  • October 12, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): Autumn Weather Kind to Beet Crop

Insight Focus Dry weather enables late autumn plantings. Sugar beet ha...

Grains Sugar
  • September 14, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): A Very Mindful Harvest Season

Insight Focus Wheat yields are down of the dry June and then the wet A...

Grains Sugar
  • August 11, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): Wet Soil Risks Harvest Delays

Insight Focus It’s been cold and wet in the UK. Oil seed rape yields...

Food and Ingredients Grains
  • July 14, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): Harvest Time Arrives

Insight Focus Hot dry June helps start of harvest. Forage rye already ...

Grains Sugar
  • June 16, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): 32 Days Without Rain

Insight Focus The last 4 weeks have been hot and dry. The forecast is ...

Grains Sugar
  • May 23, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): Heavy UK Rainfall Boosts Soil Moisture

Insight Focus Drought for UK winter crops unlikely. But cool and wet w...

Grains Sugar
  • April 20, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): Heavy Rain Delays Beet Plantings

Insight Focus 70% of beets now planted. Beet sowing should have finish...

Grains Sugar
  • March 24, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): Preparing for Sugar Beet Plantings

Insight Focus Heavy rains break drought in the UK. Neonicotinoid insec...

Grains Sugar
  • February 23, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): Preparing For 2023’s Beet Crop

Insight Focus Low UK rainfall has allowed first applications of nitrog...

  • January 19, 2023

Farmer Diaries (UK): December Freeze Harms Beets

Insight Focus Freezing temperatures in December may have adversely aff...

  • December 8, 2022

Farmer Diaries (UK): Snow Forecast as Beet Harvest Continues

Insight Focus After mild conditions in November, snow is forecast for ...

Grains Sugar
  • November 9, 2022

Farmer Diaries (UK): Kind Autumn Weather

Opinions Focus Recent weather in the UK has been beneficial: warm and ...

  • October 4, 2022

Farmer Diaries (UK): Sugar Beet Harvest Starts Soon

Opinions Focus We start harvesting sugar beet next week. UK & EU f...

Grains Sugar
  • September 9, 2022

Farmer Diaries (UK): UK Crops Struggle After Dry Summer

Opinions Focus Maize harvest brought forward; yields poor. Sugar beet ...

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