On the cusp of harvest.

The Jolly Green Giant has awoken from its slumber and is emerging from its lair. That can only mean one thing – harvest is very close.  Please bear with us for the next few weeks as we gather in the crops that will help feed us all for the next 12 months. Be aware that large machinery will be moving around the roads and lanes in your area. All our machinery will be lit by amber flashing beacons and have rear view cameras. We really do appreciate your help when we meet you, as it is not always easy to manoeuvre around you. Sometimes it can get dusty where we are working, but we are usually gone fairly quickly. On average we can harvest an area in excess of 35 rugby pitches a day and we could be anywhere from Sonning Eye to Wyfold, so keep a look out for us.

We hope to start cutting later this week, weather permitting. We will begin with the winter barley which is used to feed livestock. The combine will then move onto the linseed. This has a dual use of producing oil for both industrial and human consumption. The resulting cake that is left, once the oil is extracted, is again feed to animals especially pets. Some of the whole seeds will find their way into human food, perhaps on top of artesian bread or in a breakfast cereal. The omega 3 in linseed is good for our hearts. The next crop will be wheat and the grain from this will be used to make bread. Then we will cut the spring barley, which provides the malt to go into beer. Finally, we combine our oats. You can find them in porridge, muesli and flapjacks. In September we will be cutting the maize, which will be ensiled for winter food for cattle owned by one of our local beef farmers. Wholesome British food that you can trust, produced on your own doorstep.

Finally if you live in Binfield Heath or Dunsden Green keep an eye out for our wild flowers. They are teeming with bees at the moment.

 

5 thoughts on “On the cusp of harvest.

  1. Brilliant blog, Simon, thank you! Great to know how all your crops end up in our shopping baskets.
    Your wildflowers in the field opposite us have attracted so much attention from people passing by, who have stopped and taken photos and said how lovely it looks. What is the purple flower in the picture?
    Plus, please could we have poppies next year? The mix of sowed and wild poppies in Memorial Avenue are wonderful.

  2. Good to hear, Simon. I have two questions about the maize crop, just for my education and understanding:

    1) What is the rationale for having the rows so far apart (70cm) but, within the rows, the individual stalks are quite close together (5-20cm)?

    2) I notice that at the edges of the fields the maize crop is often stunted relative to the centre of the field. In some places the edges are in the shadows of the big oak trees, but even where this is not the case (i.e. edges south of the trees) the growth seems stunted, and extending quite out into the field well beyond the brances. Why is this?

    Thanks

  3. 1 Allows sunlight to penetrate to the lower leaves.
    2Probably eaten by rabbits and deer. Maize cannot recover like grass and cereals because it’s growing point is right at the top of the plant. Once nibbled it’s always going to be short. You are quiet right trees and hedges compete for light and water.

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