This year has been very challenging for growers across the UK so far, as the soggy start played havoc with the the spring drilling season, creating a substantial backlog of work for many.
Thankfully, the recent warm temperatures and glorious sunshine experienced both north and south of the border has allowed crops to hit the ground running, with the morale across the country far more positive than two months ago.
With cereals in the ground and cattle now out to grass, the extensive workload has begun to ease. We take a look at the tweets to have surfaced in the past few days, as the attention of growers turn elsewhere.
Agricultural contractor Primewest has had its CombCut machine in action, which reduces the extent of weeds within crops by using selective knives.
— Primewest Ltd (@Primewest_ltd) May 22, 2018
Farmworker Robert Dennis was lapping up the sun while on cattle and silage duties on a stunning day in Cornwall.
— Robert Dennis (@robddennis) May 19, 2018
Dairy farmer James Robinson was pleased to get the silage season under way on his farm in Cumbria.
Silage 2018 has started at Strickley, very happy with the yields, especially after a very crappy winter & spring.
And to think we used to spend a fortune on artificial fertilisers.
Organic growth ?? pic.twitter.com/3S3DfvnVjg
— James Robinson (@JRfromStrickley) May 22, 2018
Grimme destoners have been out in force in Yorkshire.
GRIMME Combi Web Destoners working really well on land with heavy stone content on the Yorkshire Wolds. #GRIMME #GRIMMEgroup #plant18 #agriculture #farming #potatoes #Yorkshire pic.twitter.com/4M5htwCfui
— GRIMME UK Ltd (@GrimmeUK) May 21, 2018
Up in Scotland, planting season finishes on a farm in Angus, where potatoes are grown for Arbikie distillery. A stunning view of Montrose and the River Esk from the field.
That’s a wrap folks! #potato #planting season is over at the #arbikie #farm which also marks the end of stage 1 of our #fieldtobottle #TattieBogle #vodka #provenance #fridayfeeling #Potatovodka #farmlife #scotspirit #angus #montrose #johndeere #ScotlandIsNow #Scotland pic.twitter.com/Ghvo3YEk6T
— Arbikie Vodka (@ArbikieVodka) May 18, 2018
And finally, we have all heard of enthusiastic youngsters helping out on the farm, but how about pets? Here’s a young dachshund getting stuck in with the potato planting.
Every potato grower needs one of these. Forget your sheepdogs – this is a potatodog. Might be planting "SHEPody"?! pic.twitter.com/ANhonMxLtj
— ProduceSolutions (@ProduceSolution) May 21, 2018