Green shoots

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

On we plod.

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.

Made a start, but it’s still raining!

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!

Drilling on hold, and irritating fuel problems.

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.

Winter linseed is on the move.

The first fields to be sown with winter linseed are emerging, thanks to the recent rain. So¬† too are the volunteers from the previous winter barley. This field was sown 11 days ago on the 19th September. The barley straw was baled and then the stubble was left for 5 weeks to ensure the meadow broom, that had shed in the previous crop, would not … Continue reading Winter linseed is on the move.

Back to the grindstone

Back to the grindstone after a holiday to distant, warm shores. Grateful to have missed the snow and ice, it seems little has changed with the possible exception of our soil. When we left on 21st of January a few brave farmers were already applying nitrogen fertiliser and sowing the first of the spring crops. However the total rainfall for January of 29mm just about … Continue reading Back to the grindstone