Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
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
On the contrast to last year when I was writing about the hot and dry weather being a curse on the lighter soil types, the deluge of rain we have had since the middle of June has led to utterings of ‘another 2012’.
I recently visited the AHDB SPot Farm, at Elveden Estate. It is a really great initiative and of special interest to me to see targeted R&D happening on a sandy soil – types of soil very similar to those where I work.
Considering how much rain and how little frost we’ve had, most of our ground is still walking remarkably well. This is mainly due to the impressive moisture-pumping ability of actively growing crops in an exceptionally mild winter with plenty of wind – for which we must be grateful.
Oilseed rape crops appear to have survived the winter reasonably well helped by the plentiful food source in the hedgerows to keep pigeons well fed until mid-February. Plants have now started to extend and in some cases flower buds are visible.
January can seem an anti-climax after the festivities and indulgences of Christmas. For me the real indication of the New Year is finding the first snowdrop, delicate and pristine, to emerge in full flower.