Flindt on Friday

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: High praise for harvest mediocrity

What’s that? You want a harvest summary? Must I? Oh, very well then. But first, let’s indulge in a little nostalgia, to a year ago, when we set off to…

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Flindt on Friday: Timely advice from a pulse prizewinner

Rumour has it that hundreds of farmers are finally turning their backs on oilseed rape this year, and turning to peas and beans as their break crops. This is all…

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Flindt on Friday: Crunch time as combine sieve takes a slide

There was a loud bang from the straw chopper as I reached the far end of Blackhouse Road field late one evening. Every combine driver will recognise what happens after…

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Flindt on Friday: Useless masks, bad tempers and no wellies

My “mid-harvest deluge retail therapy” session in the agricultural supplies shop was not going well. I’d got the new tub of grease (on the assumption that the combine will need…

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Flindt on Friday: New-wave drilling proves uphill challenge

The good thing about a wet August (which are more common than you think – my childhood was full of keeping diplomatically away from a fuming father) is that it’s…

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Flindt on Friday: Pant ant counters ‘insect Armageddon’ myth

The moment I realised that an ant had been playing havoc in my swimming trunks was the moment I also realised that insect apocalypse has officially still not reached central…

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Flindt on Friday: Bloodshed at OSR's last stand

Right. That’s it. Oilseed rape is definitely off next year’s cropping plan. Yet only a couple of days ago, there was still a respectable area of yellow on the carefully…

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Flindt on Friday: Herbicide failure 1, dentist nil

Thank goodness that Hazel does the end-of-July settling up with the agrochemical companies. Not just because these days they’re all wanting payment by this new-fangled transfer thingy (Mrs F knows…

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Flindt on Friday: Tractor-cyclist boogie is a harvest hazard

One thing has become blazingly obvious after a couple of weeks trundling slowly round the farm with my hedgetrimmer – this is going to be a challenging harvest. It’s nothing…

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Flindt on Friday: Most important kit on our farm? The shower

In the unlikely event of Flindt Towers ever being selected for the excellent “What’s in Your Shed?” feature, and we get asked, “What’s the most important machine on your farm?”,…

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Flindt on Friday: A brief history of harvest refuelling solution...

As the lorry driver expertly lifted our new fuel bowser off his gleaming machine and dropped it oh-so-gently 20 yards away, just outside the barn, two things struck me. First,…

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Flindt on Friday: Horsey helping hand earns rosé reward

Even though we abandoned long ago a strict eight-til-five/five-day working week, there is still something significant about a Monday morning. I mix up my porridge and push it around in…

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