from the Hon Henry Digby
The world-wide collapse in oil price and commodity prices generally has led to very weak prices in agricultural commodities, giving farmers a particular challenge at this time. However, this year has proved to a be a relatively good year for growing and yields, despite a very wet August. Whilst China may seem a long way from Dorset valleys, the slow-down in their economy has had a major impact on farming. We are all cracking on with preparing the land and sowing for next year in the hope that prices may recover.
The autumn colours are proving to be spectacular this year as we have not had too much rain and wind. The colours change when trees and shrubs experience cold temperatures at night followed by sunshine in the morning. This acts on the sugars in the leaves to create a stunning variety of yellows, ochres, reds and purples throughout our countryside.