Farmer Focus: A month of country shows and farm walks

What a difference a month makes. At the end of May, I was getting quite concerned by the lack of rain and the effect on crops.

Now, a month later, we have had a good soaking and conditions have really changed. Haymaking is put on hold, and getting wheat T3 sprays completed proved challenging.

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June has been a month of shows, farm walks and holidays, interspersed by a bit of farming.

We started the month with the fantastic Royal Cornwall Show, with its usual excellent mix of business and pleasure. A true agricultural show in every sense.

Farm tours

We welcomed a group of farmers from Scotland – who were on a tour of Cornwall – to the farm and the vegetable business early in the month.

But it doesn’t end there, as we are due to host a farm walk for the Tenant Farmers Association later in June.

Rather than spending my entire time showing people around some of our operation, I took the opportunity to attend the first visit to our new local AHDB monitor farm.

This will be well remembered by those who attended, as we all got soaked on the farm tour.

The optimistic “we should be back by the time it rains” comment proved somewhat wide of the mark. It was made worse by the fact I recently invested in a new set of waterproofs, but left them in the truck.

By the time you are reading this, I will have hopefully completed my first visit to the Royal Highland Show, combined with a few days of rest and relaxation in the local area.

It will be interesting to see how conditions differ north of the border. From what I can gather, there are several people from Cornwall making the pilgrimage north this year.

However, it will soon be time to put my nose back to the grindstone.

Daffodil bulb lifting has started in between the showers; potato harvesting will soon be under way and the combines need preparation.

Crop prospects have altered during the course of a month, but whether it will be a successful harvest still remains to be seen, as there is a way to go yet.