Glass half full.

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.

Time for some optimism?

Amazingly this winter linseed has spent most of the last few months submerged, mostly for just a week at a time, but it is still hanging in there. I am hopeful that it will recover and the surrounding fields that we failed to get drilled over the winter might still get a crop in for harvest. The sun, working with the wind last week, has … Continue reading Time for some optimism?

Time to build an ark?

As the water recedes from the winter linseed after the Thames flooded for the third time since Christmas, I can’t help thinking about those living further north and along the Welsh borders who have suffered much worse than we have. At least we have not suffered any damage to property or vehicles. We expect to get land under water on this part of the farm … Continue reading Time to build an ark?

Looking forward to 2020

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

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

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!