Nearing completion in the South but plenty to do elsewhere
Lincs grower on how he produced a record breaking OSR crop
The latest detail from Defra on the three crop rule and EFAs
From our gallery: Bombers, rainbows, Red Arrows and windmills
Believe it or not, the combine was finished here on 4 August, and it is now all washed off and ready to go to the shed for the winter.
We started harvest here on 21 July, which is our earliest start for many years. The weather was terrific and Volume winter barley was coming off at 8.6t/ha at 14.5% moisture, which is unusual, but satisfying for this part of the world.
A mixed bag is probably the best description for harvest 2014, whether in reference to the weather, crop yield or grain sales.
I have spent periods of the past 12 months frustrated, watching neighbours whizzing up and down, working away on their autumn-sown crops. And I am continuing the same theme, watching the sun beating down on clouds of dust created by every combine in the parish, while mine is safely sat in the shed, waiting for crops to ripen.
This month’s article will be met with approval by those of you who like a bit of farming in it. You see, I can report that harvest is well and truly under way, the earliest start in many years.
Planning autumn growth, harvesting and storage.
Advice on how to control slugs without impact on the environment.
The main factors to consider when establishing a crop.
The field gate is almost shut; there is just time to draw breath and review this season and plan for the next before the combines roll. So while I’m leaning on the gate (chewing on the obligatory straw), how would I sum up the season? Well for me it’s been a challenge, but hopefully one […]
What a season it has been. Heavy disease pressure and well documented shortages of some fungicide active ingredients have contrived to keep us all on our toes! The relative strengths and weaknesses of products have been tested to the limit. Those products that have been claimed by distributors to be “just the same as” the […]
We’re coming to the end of the season and once again we look back on it and wonder at how strange it has been. It’s been a difficult year for spray operators, but from a disease point of view, where the sprays have gone on in good time the results are there for all to […]
Despite two or three weeks dry weather septoria has continued to express itself in crops, particularly those where timings have been missed. It has become quite evident as the season has progressed that keeping spray intervals tight has been much more important than catching the desired growth stage spot on. This was particularly so with […]
Welcome sunshine will hopefully allow crops to fulfil their full potential this year, unlike 2012 when it all went wrong in June because of constant rain. Winter barley is starting to turn and indicates an early harvest. Winter wheat canopies have maintained their green colour until now, with the help of some very robust fungicide programmes. Some wheats […]