The NFU has issued guidance for farmers on mud …

This week the NFU has issued guidance for farmers on mud …

One really lousy summer …

Data from Centre for Ecology and Hydrology showed last month’s deluges, which delayed harvesting efforts and caused flooding in parts of the UK, continued the year’s trend for record wetness.

As a result of the weather, silage quality is widely expected to be poor and  wheat yields are at their lowest for almost 30 years, with weights at their lowest since 1977.

Your name is blood!

The continued unpredictability of this year’s weather is likely to lead to an increase of muddied roads, which presents a serious risk to other drivers.

So farmers have been asked to ensure road are mud free, in the wake of the wettest growing season in living memory, which saw harvest delayed by downpours in many areas and ahead of the root crop harvest.

The trouble is, it’s a bit difficult to drive over muddy ground without getting mud on your tyres, or drive back over a clean surface without leaving mud on it … and with the silage harvest as bad as it’s been, sneaking a little bit of late silage in October or even November has been an absolute necessity for many.

Legal liability

But it is illegal to leave excessive mud on road surfaces

Farmers must clean vehicles as much as possible before they are driven onto roads where mud could come loose, use signs to alert other road users, make prior agreements with contractors over who is responsible for mud issues and ensure they have adequate public liability insurance.

The NFU recommends farmers be prepared to hire in equipment, keep to their own roads or minor roads wherever possible and keep speeds down.

The thought for the week, then is this …

 In agriculture as in life, you can’t walk through a muddy field without getting mud on your boots and then spreading it about at the risk of the population at large.

And that leaves you with the big clean-up question.

 How am I going to get this stuff OFF … before I’m the cause of a pile up?!

 Clean it up!

We are  definitely, so far as God is concerned responsible for our own mess, and the way it affects other people too … and if you spend your life generating and wading through a sinful mess, it’s going to badly affect the people around you as well.

The Bible says God going to treat us like adults, accountable for the mess we make … and hold us responsible for it.

“That is why Scripture says:

“God opposes the proud
    but gives grace to the humble.”

Submit yourselves, then, to God.

Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Come near to God and he will come near to you.

Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

James 4:6-8

In the run up to Christmas, this might be a good time to give some thought to how we are going to achieve that …

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About welshrev

Simon is a church planting pastor and Rural Chaplain based at Grace Church Llandeilo and serving the Heart of Wales. He has a Facebook page as Rev Simon Bowkett and the Grace Church website has lots of information and resources at www.grace-llandeilo.org.uk Facebook page is 'Grace Christian Community Llandeilo' ... you would be welcome to drop by there for a chat!
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