Until recently I was one of Farmers Weekly’s Arable Focus writers. Following a phone call which came out of the blue from the Arable editor I became the victim of a refreshing exercise. Undeterred and spurred on by all the comments I received after my last post was published I have decided to go it alone. So I will continue in much the same vein … Continue reading The Journey Begins
I have been working with Soyl for a number of years and have found them to be very helpful. They are always happy to listen, even when some of my ideas seem a bit off the wall. I realise there are many other companies now offering this type of help, but it is Soyl that I have chosen to work with. We have very variable … Continue reading Margin maps and variable applications with Soyl.
One of the highest pressure readings on the barometer since 1957, so I was informed earlier this week. Down here in the south of England it bought with it a strange apparition in the sky. Apparently it’s called the sun. However, it didn’t hang around for long and has now sadly gone again. With it came a few days of frost, which allowed us to … Continue reading Frost brings a rare outing for the tractors.
We all attended LAMMA last year and liked the new format, so a return trip was planned for myself and our two hard working tractor drivers Ian and Jay. It’s only about an hour and a half to the NEC in Birmingham, so a leisurely start at 7am was all the time we needed. Sustenance on route is a must for these excursions, which … Continue reading A trip to LAMMA
In farming, my motto is to never look back unless you have something to learn from it. However on a personal note, I have some wonderful family memories from the last decade, including my daughter’s wedding and the subsequent arrival of 2 grandchildren. My son left university with a first, successfully starting up his own business and then last Christmas got engaged. Visiting New Zealand … Continue reading Looking forward to 2020
I have tried hard to avoid any reference to politics whilst the general election was in progress, but thankfully it is now over and we can all move on. Three flawed leaders from the main parties fought to win our votes over the last few weeks. I spoke to quite a few people before polling, who simply did not know who to vote for and … Continue reading Seed lies rotting in the field whilst Boris roasts the opposition.
Even my faithful assistant Paddy is starting to get fed up with looking for signs of life in our wet seedbeds. Depending on soil type, what we have sown so far is taking anywhere between 3 to 5 weeks to emerge. The hybrid barley, as in the above photo, seems to take longer than the wheat. On the clay cap areas, particularly in the barley, … Continue reading Is there life down there?
Nightmare! Since September we have changed the fuel filters on all three of our John Deere R6125 tractors on an almost weekly basis. Prior to this, they happily went for the designated 750 hours, now we are lucky to get 50 hours out of them. It is the 4 micron pre filter that is giving us the problems. These are fitted as part of the … Continue reading Running out of fuel filters.