I am a glass half full type of person as I am sure most farmers probably are. Otherwise, why would you plant something 10 months in advance of harvesting, not knowing what the weather was going to throw at you? My precision agriculture problems of the last few weeks are slowly progressing towards a solution, but we are not there yet. Thanks to long conversations … Continue reading Glass half full.
When I sit down to write these blogs it is always with a sense of anxious anticipation. Although thoughts about what I might write next are often passing through my addled brain, it’s not until I start typing that I actually find out what topics will appear. Earlier in the week I decided it must be lack of rainfall. Could we be on to a … Continue reading An April shower leaves the records in tatters.
Spring oats are on their way now despite the efforts of the crows. You can just see the empty husk of an oat seed bottom left of the photo. Anywhere the slot left by the drill had not been closed, they were in looking for seed to eat. So did cultivation type make any difference to which block emerged first? Was it autumn cultivated and … Continue reading Which one came first?
We are taking social distancing to the limit here in this photo. No gatherings over 2 people and at least 2 metres apart. I think we have ticked those boxes. We meet each morning in the large and airy workshop. We started off 2 metres apart and are now nearer 5 metres. The three tractors that we run are all 215 horsepower John Deere but … Continue reading Three’s a crowd
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