Work is progressing well with the dry weather. All the dry land was sown by Saturday and rolling also finished Saturday.
The early sown oats are up well and the first of the spring barley and the spring beans are up nicely also. While the ground temperature is up there is a harsh wind stopping emerging crops in their tracks, hopefully this will pass next week and crops will drive on.
Ground that had carrots in it last year was ploughed on Monday, we pressed it Tuesday morning and it was sown on Wednesday morning. Hacker spring barley for seed was sown at 55kg/acre along with 3.5 bags of 7/9/24 down the spout. It was left until Friday to be rolled as it was black clay and if rolled to soon it can cap and moisture isn't an issue in this ground at this time of the year.
The ploughs have been busy most of the week and will be finished all the spring ploughing by Friday. The land they are finishing on is wetter land but it won't dry unless its ploughed so it will be the middle of next week before we even think about touching it.
We have a field that we bought a couple of years ago, and we do a little on it every year to get it right as it was neglected for years. It's low land that floods easily, the first year we pulled the bank along the river and bulldozed the topsoil back into a hollow where water used to lie. At least now when it does flood, as soon as the river drops the water is gone. This year, at the top of the field, after the heavy rain in February, water lay in a hollow and it’s land that doesn't soak well so a digger and bulldozer arrived on Wednesday to pull the bank of a drain and rise the hollow. Everything going well, it will be the last time work like this is needed on this field. We then passed over the field with a deep subsoiler as all the traffic would have caused compaction.
The winter wheat got its t1 on Monday, holdup freeze cereal alloy and bravo was the mix used. The weather turned colder as the week progressed so spraying was put on hold until things get a little milder.
The oilseed rape is in full flower and looking well, we ended getting 3 different bee keepers into the crop so we have plenty of hives and bees to help pollination.
Next week will hopefully see the sowing finished, the winter barley and winter oats will get there second sprays and the fertiliser spreader will be busy making its final pass through winter crops and the first pass through the spring crops.