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As I sit and write at the end of the growing season it’s interesting to reflect on the year just gone.

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Sometimes you really do begin to wonder, if not despair, about the road our legislators are following, urged on by agendas of political correctness and their ever-increasing accommodation of NGO groups. The making of rules and regulations which impact farming so greatly, and rarely in a good way, seems to be so far removed from our industry, but also, worryingly, science. What credentials are legislators listening to?

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Talking Agronomy with Luke Wheeler: Flea beetle and slugs

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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.

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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.

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We started harvest on July 28. Our winter barley on the lighter land was first to be cut. This year it was all six-row, with most being hybrids. We had several plots of just under one-hectare blocks to compare hybrid varieties. The plots in the centre of one of the fields yielded very well despite the difficult growing season, with Belfry just coming out top at 9.83 tonnes/hectare closely followed by Fletcher at 9.77t/ha.

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Mid-August and we are feeling a lot more positive about life than we were a few weeks ago.

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Talking Policy with Mike Hambly: End of harvest

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As we approach the end of August harvest is almost complete. All the crops have been cut and it only remains to bale the last of the straw to finish the job.

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It has been great watching the Olympics and seeing Team GB perform so well. Of particular interest to me has been the cycling team, with every member of the track team getting at least one medal. In interviews afterwards all the cyclists have been talking, not about their natural talent and years of dedication, but about the backroom support they receive and having the best of everything in terms of coaching, bikes, nutritionists, physios and data analysis.

 

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Harvest 2016, so far, can only be described as very disappointing. A lack of sunshine affected all crops, however, wheat was the worst affected by the heavy June rain, especially that which fell over the flowering period.

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I should have known better than to write last month that we had only had 30mm of rain since the end of April. No longer had I finished writing it and we have received rain almost every day since. Although we have only had over 50mm in the last three weeks it feels worse because when it does rain it has been very heavy showers.

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