Farmer Focus: Time to turn our attention to cereal harvest

June weather on the whole has suited Euston. A nice drop of rain kept winter crops green and assisted good spring crop growth.

Indeed, most of the sins of last autumn’s horrendous conditions are now well masked by some robust tillering.

These days we can, thankfully, pass off any unsown headlands as being deliberately left for environmental benefit – another win. 

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Andrew Blenkiron
Arable Farmer Focus writer
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.
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In addition to these unplanned environmental areas, we have managed to plant our wild bird areas strips and refreshed the pollen and nectar plots – hopefully, assisting in providing much needed feedstock for some of the wildlife during the winter months.

With the year progressing – surprisingly, it’s half gone already – it is time to turn our attention to cereal harvest.

Thankfully, the combine is mostly serviced, although I see the knives are still in the corner waiting to be re-sectioned and some of the panels need to find their way back to their rightful place. 

Next, we will need to get on and clean down and prepare the stores for the bumper harvest – never a pleasant job but now made much easier with a leaf blower followed by high-pressure air. The youngsters tell me that it is so much easier than that old-fashioned brush idea.

That is, of course, the one attached to the telehandler rather than the manually operated one that seems to mysteriously disappear.

So just as the rest of the country is hopefully going to be able to get out and about and meet people, we are all going to be too busy to do so.

Let’s hope that the freedoms associated with being vaccinated continue into the autumn and beyond. It will certainly be great to actually go to a meeting in person and have a proper chat, without the internet playing up and cutting people off in their prime.  

I certainly hope that after three aborted attempts over the past few months we can host our Red Rooster music festival at the end of August and the much delayed East Anglian Game and Country Fair at the end of September – both very popular in the past and an excellent opportunity to enhance our diversified income.

One involves country folk enjoying a good day out and the other is quite different… I’ll leave you to decide which is which.

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