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These are challenging times for all and so I wanted share with you what we are doing here at Arable Farming and the CropTec Show to ensure we keep you informed and up to date in the coming weeks and months as measures to manage the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are implemented.
Spring is just around the corner and it’s very noticeable that winter cereals and grass are greening up, but that’s not surprising when we look at how warm the soil temperatures are for the time of the year.
A few drier interludes in late January and early February allowed us to get a bit more wheat drilled into our lighter land, along with much needed fertilisation and spraying. If we are lucky, we may end up with 40% of our planned winter wheat acreage.
Well into January, we are still clinging to the hope of getting more crops in – spring sown, if not winter wheat. But every glimmer of opportunity in the form of a few dry days in a row seems to be snuffed out by yet another soaking.
This year has started on a much more positive note than its predecessor. The more settled weather has improved soil conditions no end and in some cases has even prompted some drills to awaken from their post New Year snooze and re-enter the winter sowing campaign.
The latest safe sowing dates for the various winter crops I had optimistically hoped we would get an opportunity to drill are fast approaching and will soon be a distant memory, probably without a wheel ever turning.