Growers and agronomists took to Twitter to air their pleasure that winter has arrived, ushering in a spell of harsh frosts and sub-zero temperatures across many parts of the UK.
The bitter conditions are in stark contrast to last December, which was officially the warmest on record with an average temperature of 8C for the month.
The hope is that the cold blast will hold back the spread of crop diseases, such as yellow rust, and deter pests.
We’ve cherry-picked our favourite winter weather farming tweets to capture the mood of arable farmers across the country.
— Todd Jex (@Agronomist_Todd) December 1, 2016
No words needed pic.twitter.com/qAJhR9EM6J
— David Walston (@OOOfarmer) November 29, 2016
Osr still white with frost this afternoon pic.twitter.com/0X15dHGTxd
— David Lines (@LinesDavid) November 30, 2016
— Will Atkinson (@atkinsonwill1) November 26, 2016
Osr getting knocked back by frost and pigeon patrol started already pic.twitter.com/BzFCLYOIJH
— James Telfer (@jitelfer) November 24, 2016
Sammy took advantage of the frost this morning and made a top job of ploughing the beet pad area. pic.twitter.com/E74l5oRw5w
— James peck (@Pxfarms) November 30, 2016
Heavy frost again this morning. Lots of ice breaking for sheep & poultry water pic.twitter.com/chSFyAh4cK
— Maythorn Farm (@MaythornFarm) November 30, 2016
Re-drilling sprayed off area on the frost this morning. pic.twitter.com/x0NpzgYQOW
— Russell McKenzie (@russbmckenzie) November 30, 2016
Up and at it this morning, making the most of the frost ❄️ pic.twitter.com/5hX4fNj30a
— John Ordidge (@johnny1_760) November 29, 2016
— Matt lewis (@Farmermatt77) November 30, 2016
Lovely morning for some winter ploughing, only a few days work left now. pic.twitter.com/VXjIHKfUdz
— Worth Farms (@Worth_Farms) November 30, 2016