We’ve had that bit of rain I asked for last month – about 2in. Even when expressed in a metric form at 55mm, it doesn’t seem to really increase and it certainly doesn’t equate to all that much.
Thankfully the non-irrigated crops have appreciated what they have had and it’s been enough to get the sugar beet and forage maize off to a great start.
Shame the moisture didn’t arrive in time to help the winter barley on the lightest of land.
The ears are now out and seem to hide the true picture, so at least I can put those fields to the back of my mind until the day the combine moves in. Fingers crossed that we get a bit more water to keep the wheat going.
Hopefully part of the solution has now arrived, as lots of nice solid digestate from the anaerobic digestion plant should help to add some much needed organic matter to the sand that can blow away.
I realise that this probably won’t provide a solution in itself, but hopefully it will help.
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We have been fortunate to entertain quite a few European visitors on farm tours over the past couple of weeks.
It is interesting to hear from them how we all seem to be in the same boat when it comes to regulation from the EU – certain countries tell me that they have even more to contend with than us.
We really must hope that our new government can do something about this.
I am sure that we can still find ways to protect our economy, workforce, environment and even my slippery little pals, the great crested newts without a load of costly and burdensome regulation pulled together as a compromise by our other trading partners.
I hope that you are all looking forward to the summer show season, especially Cereals.
I wonder if there will be a massive uplift in grain prices during the event that I seem to remember once before.
Well, one can certainly hope. See you there.
Andrew Blenkiron manages the 4,400ha Euston Estate, south of Thetford. Principal farm enterprises are combinable and root crops, including sugar beet. In addition the estate supports let land, sheep, outdoor pigs, poultry, suckler cows, horses and stewardship.