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Harvest is all but finished here in North Yorkshire, the last few stragglers of spring barley are to be mopped up while spring beans are just about ready to cut. In all, yields are what we expected. Need I say any more?
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.
We have at long last had a significant rainfall event, with just over 24mm recorded on October 14. This has improved soil conditions greatly and seems to have been a turning point from summer conditions, to autumnal ones, with a drop in temperatures and heavy morning dews.
The times they are a changin, went the song by Bob Dylan and they certainly are. The grass growth has slowed down in the garden so the mower is used a little less but we’ve been busy harvesting apples and pears and what a bumper crop they’ve been.