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 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.
Wheat direct drilled into winter linseed stubble on some of the gravel is just starting to poke through the ground. Even on the more friendly soil, we have had problems in fully closing the slot this time. Normally the John Deere 750A drill would be followed up by the ring rolls, but not this year. We have managed to get 80% of our winter barley … Continue reading Green shoots
74 ha of wheat and 91ha of winter barley have been moved from the bag to the soil. I hesitate to use the words drill or sow because that might indicate a successful outcome. A massive compromise better describes the week’s activities, but at least we are making some progress. Not being able to fully close the slot in places and no follow up with … Continue reading On we plod.
The weather forecast was for a much better week. However, apart from a lovely day on Tuesday it failed to deliver. Never the less we have at last been able to make a start. The hybrid winter barley was due to go in the ground in early October, but torrential rain put paid to that. We do have a few fields which are a clay … Continue reading Made a start, but it’s still raining!
The last 25ha of winter linseed to drill has been abandoned. Thanks to the persistent rain it is now too late to get the crop established so that it produces a plant large enough to survive the winter. We still have just over 100ha growing away nicely, but in need of a graminicide to remove barley volunteers. It is interesting to note that the competition … Continue reading Drilling on hold, and irritating fuel problems.