From Cornwall to Scotland, spring drilling is well under way in many parts of the UK and Ireland, with barley, wheat, beans and even some potatoes and onions being planted as drier, warmer conditions prevail this week.
Growers are making storming progress in typically early-drilling areas, such as the free-draining chalklands of Dorset and the lighter, sandy soils of Nottinghamshire.
Meanwhile, drills are being readied in Norfolk, Lincolnshire, Wiltshire and Ireland, with seed-bed preparations and final glyphosate applications for blackgrass control going on.
We have compiled the tweets below as an early indication of spring drilling progress around the country.
Good drilling progress on lighter land
At last! Spring barley drilling underway for 2016 harvest. Variable rate propino drilled directly into cover crop pic.twitter.com/mOkWr9Ies1
— Nick Rowsell (@NickRowsell) February 28, 2016
Spring barley drilling is happening. pic.twitter.com/0sm3RXrKD0
— Richard Boldan (@RBoldan) March 15, 2016
— Harry Barton (@h44782880) March 10, 2016
A weekend well spent – drilling concerto spring barley on one of our farms! pic.twitter.com/WvXIjcj5Zx
— Sentry Ltd (@SentryLtd) February 28, 2016
Started drilling light land Spring barley today in good conditions. Heavy land will have to wait a bit longer though!
— Ian Holmes (@ianholmes20) February 27, 2016
View from the office at last pic.twitter.com/dqvYOZXN0T
— Chris Ascroft (@ploughingon) March 14, 2016
Got some dust this morning drilling mulika spring wheat pic.twitter.com/q3OXOda5gR
— Mark Elliott (@carrotplanter) February 28, 2016
Need more hours in the day, especially with spring drilling in full flow. pic.twitter.com/CJJ2tX97HI
— Ben Martin (@farmer_benn) February 28, 2016
— William Wainwright (@wainwright_will) March 16, 2016
— Sam Rix (@rixfarms) March 14, 2016
— Ally Hunter Blair (@Wyefarm) March 14, 2016
— Three Musketeers (@3musketeersltd) March 15, 2016
Start of spring drilling not far away elsewhere
Killing a little bit of blackgrass ahead of spring drilling…. pic.twitter.com/cggBjCQTdx
— Adam Bradshaw (@abrads1980) March 13, 2016
A few more days like this and we shall be thinking about spring drilling. Forecast says dry all week. What to plant for profit? Key question
— David Richardson (@drichardson347) March 13, 2016
Spring barley cover crop all burnt off ready Spring drilling. Amazing how well it walks after 20mm rain. pic.twitter.com/2q9nBpH7nM
— Josh Spink (@spink_farming) March 10, 2016
Frost tilth winter plough ground breaking down nicely ready for spring barley! pic.twitter.com/rrVI9jfBlu
— David J Butler (@DavidButler34) March 15, 2016
Drying up well, looks good forecast for next 10 days, going to be plenty of field action, Spring drilling, top dressing, spraying #Spring16
— Ben Abell (@agronomist_ben) March 13, 2016
— John Dunne (@JohnDun17520249) March 14, 2016
— Todd Jex (@Agronomist_Todd) March 10, 2016
— Maythorn Farm (@MaythornFarm) March 6, 2016
But other growers will need to be patient
— Indigro (@Indigro1) March 9, 2016
Think thats postponed spring drilling… and turning lambs out….
Today will not go down as a good day… pic.twitter.com/DF7scbag35
— Hawcroft Lleyn (@PVickerton) March 9, 2016
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.