Flindt on Friday

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Hare coursers spark competitive spirit

Two new exciting prizes will be presented at the Farmers Weekly Awards when they finally happen. The first will be the Puritan Cup (sponsored by Matt Hancock), awarded to the…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Russian rumbled rambling in the brambles

I hesitate to start on another tale of a jolly farmer talking to complete strangers, because it’s beginning to make me look like the rural version of the man who…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: History lessons from someone who was there

It’s a good thing I’m the very model of tactfulness and delicacy, because I’m in danger of breaking one of Dad’s two Golden Rules of Farming. The first is “buy…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Harvest ends with a triumphant flourish

There’s one more harvest tale I want to tell before summer is driven into the distance by the autumnal wind and rain, and it concerns that most treasured of farming…

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…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

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…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

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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