With bands of rain passing across the UK with unnerving uncertainty, harvest this week is proving to be catchy.
For some it has been a very frustrating start to the summer season, but others have been managing to get on as the full Harvest Highlights picture gallery demonstrates.
Here are some of the highlights sent over the last few days:
Thought to be the first Valtra sold in the UK with the company’s new five-step semi-powershift Versu gearbox, B&B Contractors’ new T-series tractor was put straight to work on the edge of Dartmoor by driver Neil Chapman. The picture was taken by Rosalie Goldsworthy while he was baling straw last weekend.
Harvesting home-grown organic triticale under the shadow of the Westbury White Horse. Picture by Wiltshire Wurzel.
Birds-eye-view… Farmer’s son Tim Smales has brought an interesting new angle to the Harvest Highlights galleries. He has recently invested in a remote-controlled helium balloon to allow him to take aerial shots. This picture shows Alan Cook from Whinwhistle Farms cutting spring barley just outside Salisbury with a John Deere S690i Hillmaster combine. Alongside is Dave Cook, carting with a John Deere 7530. Click here to see more of Tim’s aerial shots.
Worlds apart… These photos show 83-year-old Kent farmer Sam Frederick bringing the harvest home in two very different eras. In the first (some time just before the second world-war) he is leading cart-horse Skinner in with a load of hay. Taken some 70 years later, the second shot shows him combining Cordiale wheat in the same field at the family farm near Penshurst. Many thanks to his son Simon for sending the pictures in.