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
You would normally be fairly safe from frost in mid May in the southern half of England, but the weather just seems to keep us on our toes this season. Excessive rain over the winter, followed by cold easterlies sucking the moisture from the soil as we tried to catch up with drilling in March. A lack of rain in the first part of April … Continue reading Jack Frost pays a visit.
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.