Autumn fieldwork is proceeding well. Some growers have already finished drilling, some are yet to start.
There have been good conditions for false seedbeds to do their work, with occasional showers to keep the soil moist and producing a useful flush of brome and blackgrass, to be killed with glyphosate.
Oilseed rape has established well but is growing only slowly. It’s difficult to see why, as the soil is warm and growth should be more rapid. Perhaps after the rain of this weekend and a warmer week to come, growth will accelerate. It’s not too late to apply a small dose of nitrogen to crops if you feel it would help.