Every year in early June, farms of all kinds open their gates so that they can show their customers how food is produced. Trying to connect food and farming is not easy. Sadly, some urban children still think milk, like other food, comes from supermarkets. It can be quite a shock when they realise it originates on a farm and comes from a cow. Due … Continue reading Open Farm Sunday
Farmers are never happy! First it’s too wet then it’s too dry. Actually, it is just really good to be doing something at long last. Soils that a few days ago were soaking wet are rapidly drying out and turning to concrete. We all knew that when it stopped raining it was odds on things would swing in the other direction. The sun and the … Continue reading From bog to concrete in a week.
Fellow villagers: As part of the food chain, UK Farmers are still working. We need to tend to our crops and livestock to ensure that there is food available both now and in the future. Here on the estate in Binfield Heath, Dunsden Green, and the surrounding area we are desperately trying to catch up and get crops established after the awful winter we have … Continue reading We are still working to feed you.
So now you know, if you hadn’t already worked it out, it has been very wet! The above diagram is courtesy of the Environment Agency although I found it through ADAS. Pity those poor souls that find them selves in the black areas. It’s not surprising that they have little or no crop in the ground. We fall into the above normal/notably higher area but … Continue reading A short respite.
My wife Liz decided she would have a go at dry January, but not until after her birthday! Technically she managed 21 days dry, which was considerably more than the weather achieved, as can be seen from our Sencrop data above. Our 5 year average for January is 70 mm, but this is distorted somewhat by the 29mm recorded in 2019. When just a … Continue reading Dry January and a mad March.
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.
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