Flindt on Friday

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: I can predict the future of my pea crop

With a long sigh, and a reluctant mind, I’ve ordered my pea seed. It’ll be for Blackhouse Road – a field that on the original cropping plan for 2018-19 was…

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Flindt on Friday: Ramblers can't just rewrite right to roam

This may go against the cliché of the grumpy farmer, and you may not think I’m being sincere, but I have loads of time for the ramblers. Why? Well, if…

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Flindt on Friday: Dad's desk secrets and mysterious Mrs Smith

Finally, after years of dithering and indecision, the day came to throw out Dad’s old farm desk. I thought I’d be describing it as a sombre and melancholy occasion, tinged…

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Flindt on Friday: Points mean dinosaurs can go spraying

If I’m going to embark on a longish drive east first thing in the morning, there had better be a damned good reason for it. Proper farmers are delighted to…

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Flindt on Friday: Hopes dashed by shredded and pathetic OSR

It didn’t seem quite right to stand in a field full of majestic oilseed rape and curse loudly. But I was in Bungalow field, in early January, and I was…

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Flindt on Friday: Drill purchase prompts tractor power panic

We’ve all done it: had a few drinks over the Christmas break, found ourselves alone in the office, gone on the internet, pressed a few buttons that we shouldn’t have…

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Flindt on Friday: My strawberry crème Christmas delight

While rummaging for decorations in the farmhouse cupboards just before Christmas, we came across a very old Quality Street tin, slightly battered and dented, with a strange message written in…

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Flindt on Friday: Thank Brexit for my single farm payment

My favourite day – the shortest day – and it’s time for a "State of the Farm" review. The oilseed rape went in well, perfect date, perfect conditions (hot ’n’…

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Flindt on Friday: Farmers are soft target for the green gang

When the company that manage the pipeline that goes under the farm rang, I had a pretty good idea of what they wanted. The pipe’s getting on a bit, and…

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Flindt on Friday: 'Dog-friendly' walks don't mean 'no lead'

Spare a thought, if you will, for the poor Kiwi lady who thought she’d take her friend’s aged pointer out to Hinton Ampner for a nice long walk. She’d read…

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Flindt on Friday: Regularly do things to baffle neighbours

Like most obnoxious sons, I ignored the vast majority of the wisdom my father tried to pass on. But one piece of farming advice did stick in my mind: “Once…

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Flindt on Friday: Little drill earns reprieve from scrapyard

“Now look here,” I said crossly to the little Horsch CO3 drill, waving a large stick at it furiously. “We’ve got one day before the new moon changes the weather,…

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