For the best part of a lifetime Ted Fenner has farmed his small corner of East Sussex. As a tenant farmer he never actually owned the acres he so carefully tended but this did not stop the farm and land becoming almost a part of him. We began filming his farming year as he took care of his winter sown crops, fertilising and spraying the wheat, barley and oats. Ted is a great fan of Massey Ferguson equipment and the tractor fleet is all MF consisting of a 35, 135, 590 and 390. Haymaking is featured with a New Holland conventional baler before moving on to the big task of the year - the cereal harvest! For this Ted uses his venerable Massey Ferguson 525 combine harvester and the corn is carted away by the 390 and 590 with small trailers - truly a scene from a bygone age! A neighbour then turns up to bale the oat straw with a classic Ford TW15 and Claas Quadrant 1200 big baler - a scene straight from the 1980s!
Ted also tells us in his own words about his farm and the farming year as well as crops of the past - such as the hop harvest.
Sadly the story finishes as the grain is sold off the farm the following year, by which time the farm has been taken over by a neighbour and Ted retires from agriculture. At least he can look back with us on what proved to be his last harvest!