Chatting to farmers dotted across the country these weeks has been like a breath of fresh air. Different from the general conversations we’re having with each other – laden with worry and uncertainty – farmers just seem too busy for all that. Since the middle of March, I’ve taken to ringing farmers for a straw-in-the-wind take on what’s happening on their farm. Close your eyes and the image is vivid of the beauty of this time of year on the land.

Not even a global pandemic can smother the surge of optimism that longer warmer days bring