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Jeremy Clarkson, 60, is widely known for being a car enthusiast on shows such as Top Gear and The Grand Tour, but he dived into running his own farm ahead of his new solo show I Bought The Farm last year. Along the way, Jeremy has faced a series of farming delays due to factors such as poor weather conditions.
In his latest column, the presenter discussed the highs and lows of running his own farm and how the weather and Brexit had affected his progress.
“He [God] gave us the wettest autumn since 2000, the wettest February on record, the driest May on record and then, for good measure, the coldest July since 1988,” he divulged.
“He’s fried my crops, frozen them, drowned them and then drowned them again.”
Jeremy added: “So if we are going to thank anyone for the harvest in 2020, might I suggest we sink to our knees and give praise to the giant agrichemical group Monsanto, whose weed-killing glyphosate invention has enabled me to keep my head above water.”
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Before harvesting could begin, Jeremy said he built a barn and had to organise “a fleet of trucks to take away the barley”.
“I’d also need to rent a combine harvester and, although this is not a common problem in farming, book a film crew to cover the event for the Amazon television show I’m making,” he wrote for The Times.
The Grand Tour star went on to say he relied on weather advice on Countryfile to get back on track, but this backfired.
“In the ‘what’s the weather got in store for the week ahead’ segment, the forecaster said high pressure was on its way and we could expect clear skies, temperatures in the mid-twenties and light winds.
“The next day it was cold and wet, and I was furious. To you, inaccurate weather forecasts don’t matter.
“The worst consequence is you have to abandon the barbecue you’d planned and move inside, but to a farmer they are critical, so I have a plea to the Beeb’s weather people: if you don’t know — and at the moment you don’t, because the transatlantic pilots on whom you rely for information are all at home learning how to make sourdough bread — admit it.”
Jeremy then said he sought advice from neighbouring farmers, who urged him to be patient and not to expect a heavy harvest of barley, wheat or oilseed rape this year.
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The presenter went on to say Brexit had also “b****red my barley” due to the uncertainty of international markets.
As well as this, the host faced further problems including the impracticality of his Lamborghini Tractor.
The father-of-three discussed a “terrifying” moment when using his tractor, on BBC Sounds back in June.
“I’ve had it up to 25[mph] and it was absolutely terrifying,” he divulged.
He added: “The problem is, the suspension works and the seat has suspension, so when the seat is going down, the tractor is going up.
“This means you alternate between a banged head on the roof and a compressed spine.”
He added: “The faster you go, the worse it is. There’s a button on it, which I found last week, which makes it more comfortable.
“I bounce so much, I’ve even pulled the steering wheel off. It came off!”
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