Spring drilling and potato planting is progressing well across the country, as soil temperatures climb and drier weather helps growers get on heavier land.
It isn’t all work and no fun, however, as spring drilling makes the perfect excuse to get drones flying and cameras rolling with some fantastic videos cropping up as a result.
We’ve picked our favourite nine videos to share with you to celebrate the 2016 spring drilling season at it’s best.
You can keep the Farmers Weekly arable team updated on your spring drilling progress and send in your photos via Twitter by mentioning @FarmersWeekly in your tweets.
Seed-bed preparations in Norfolk
The guys at Norfolk-based Baker Agriculture took to the skies with a drone to capture the amazing patterns created while cultivating ploughed land with a Vaderstad Carrier 500 and John Deere 6930.
Spring beans are set to be drilled on this land.
Drilling spring beans to Biffy Clyro
Meanwhile, the first lot of spring beans were drilled on the Eastbury Estate near Blandford in Dorset at the end of February.
There’s some skilled drone piloting as the camera swoops over the farm’s new Fendt 828 and Horsch 6m drill.
East Yorkshire cultivations and drilling
The latest in a long line of highly popular videos from the Warter Priory Estate in East Yorkshire gives a round-up of spring cultivation activity and drilling.
This video features a variety of kit including Fendt 939 Vario pulling a Kverneland 10-furrow plough and a Challenger CAT 775E with is teamed with a Vaderstad Rapid 800C 8m drill.
Spring wheat drilling in Herefordshire
This video was filmed by Harper Adams University student Monty Gorringe, who’s studying agriculture.
He’s filmed spring work taking place across Lower Blakemere Farm in Herefordshire, including fertiliser spreading and drilling Group 2 Lili wheat.
Northumberland spud planting and spring barley drilling
Grower David Park has uploaded several videos fresh from the field, after filming a flurry of activity on farms in his area.
It’s still a little early for work to begin on Mr Park’s own farm, so he’s been busy filming potato planting on neighbour David Humphreys’ farm and spring barley drilling with George Daniel on Percy Farms.
These videos don’t have any sound, but are still great to watch.
Spring beans near Retford, Nottinghamshire
More highly skilled drone flying here, this it’s from Henry Ogle in the East Midlands as he zooms his drone up close to the Horsch Sprinter 8ST drill and the Case IH Magnum 280 that’s pulling it.
Speaking to Farmers Weekly, Mr Ogle said: “I used my DJI Phantom drone and camera this spring to take this video of my neighbour Tom Greenhalgh of Mill Hill Farm Ltd, drilling his Vertigo spring beans whilst I patiently waited for my land to dry out ready for peas.”
A great choice of music too, Henry!
Racing the weather on Easter Sunday
William Sergeant filmed a short video report as the last of his spring barley was drilled on Easter Sunday, before the weather broke.
In his video Mr Sergeant says: “It’s Easter Sunday – most people are in church, but most farmers are working.”
Spring drilling from many angles
This video kicks off with a drivers view from the cab of a John Deere 6215r and then we see some amazing footage from a camera that’s riding on the tail of the 6m Vaderstad drill as it plants spring bean seed.
It’s a rare chance to see kit working at very close range, without any of the risks to safety. You might want to turn your volume down however, as the rumbling sound of the drill is quite loud.