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Flea beetle season began slowly; I actually thought early in August that perhaps this year we would have it easy, as the early-drilled oilseed rape went in and started to emerge and little damage was found.
Since I last wrote we have finished drilling oilseed rape, having not wanted to drill too much at any one time for fear of dry soil conditions delaying emergence or high flea beetle pressure hitting when the crop was still at the cotyledon stage.
The Southesk 2018 harvest came to an end on September 14th, 10 days earlier than normal having delivered unexpected highs and, unfortunately, predicted lows in terms of drought related crop performance.
A good inch of mid-August rain in most places – and quite a lot more in some – caused a hiccup as we neared the end of harvest. But it has been just what we needed for oilseed rape sowing and autumn stubble management, as well as cover crop establishment and potato desiccation.
In 1976 I’m told the weather broke about now, August bank holiday weekend and then it didn’t stop raining until winter. Legend has it that potatoes were planted in snow and lifted in snow - but I’m told they were well worth the effort and should be this year too.
It’s time to think about recruiting the wild oat rogueing team for July/August. Google says ‘sowing wild oats was applied figuratively to young men who frittered away their time in stupid or idle pastimes’.
Well nearly almost all the spring cropping was drilled, but not quite. After having to wait patiently for soil conditions to improve we eventually managed to finish spring drilling in early May, thanks to some greatly appreciated long hours from the team to make the most of the weather opportunities.
It has been pretty frantic this past month but some decent warmth, as well as moisture, means most of our crops have caught up well. We are getting on top of our fieldwork too, so we are moving into the second half of May in relatively good shape.
Well it happened – it stopped raining and we have managed to move house. We have a great view and it will be enhanced shortly when the local farmer starts grazing the marshes with his cattle. The house move was not without its glitches and a few false dawns, a bit like the weather with the mini-Beast from the East delaying the onset of spring once again.
With the past weeks’ weather mainly dry and rather hot, harvest is almost complete with only winter and spring beans to cut. Crop yields have been somewhat average this year, with late frosts and little sunlight
With the past weeks’ weather mainly dry and rather hot, harvest is almost complete with only winter and spring beans to cut. Crop yields have been somewhat average this year, with late frosts and little sunlight in May and June effecting oilseed rape yields and causing very low winter barley bushel weights.