The middle of October is a time of rising anticipation across many arable areas as growers bite their fingernails and ponder how late they dare leave the wheat drilling.
With moist conditions this autumn causing significant amounts of blackgrass to germinate, many in the worst affected areas have pushed back drilling even further than in recent years to allow more time to control it.
Wet conditions have also hampered efforts to get a fine, well-consolidated seed-bed to provide the optimum conditions for expensive pre-emergence applications, which are critical to protecting fledgling cereal crops.
However, as each day passes and the daylight shortens it becomes more and more difficult to leave the drill in the shed as anxiety rises about getting drilled up before the weather closes in and fields become impossible to travel on.
The weekend’s fine weather saw many farmers across the country out and about and we bring you a selection of the best that Twitter has to offer of them kick-starting what we hope is a bumper 2018 harvest.
— Peter Allen (@pallenservices) October 16, 2017
— martin williams (@loosecollie) October 16, 2017
— Rick Davies (@Ditch_83) October 15, 2017
— Longwool (@Longwool) October 15, 2017
— Liam Pearce (@xbrandybx) October 15, 2017
Into the penultimate block of wheat drilling. pic.twitter.com/Rnh32TdbER
— David Fellows (@DRDFellows) October 14, 2017
Bean drilling on the hills of Nazeing Common. pic.twitter.com/lspw1tZK5c
— Michael Scantlebury (@Farmer_Michael) October 13, 2017
Clouds parting for wheat drilling. I am hoping this is a sign from a god and not a sign of an impending drought! pic.twitter.com/SBUbU0BGs5
— Callum (@CallumAgric) October 13, 2017