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Steve Heard: A nasty accident, but at least it isn't in the middle of harvest...


Fortunately writing this article does not require the literal handling of a pen.

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Following a stupid schoolboy error involving a sledge hammer and a very stubborn seized steel part, the resulting x-ray of the bone at the tip of my index finger now shows seven pieces instead of the required one part.


Luckily we are not mid harvest, but during the initial several hours waiting in A&E, I did promise my wife to be much more careful in future.


Last week our scheduled pre-season service of the rape swather had to be delayed when we found yet another resident nest of young chicks.


Having lost our elderly family cat it can be no coincidence that we have this year seen such a significant increase of successfully fledged robins, wagtails, blackbirds, wrens and various others, all just from our homestead. Perhaps the viewers of Springwatch and purchasers of KiteKat should look a little closer to home when complaining of declining bird numbers and before pointing the finger at my sprayer.


Next weekend we shall be supporting our neighbours, the Rees family at Gaulby Lodge Farm, Kings Norton, as they host another Open Farm Sunday. Let’s hope the weather is kind and all their efforts will be rewarded with a big attendance from the supporting general public and cat owners alike.


Just a couple more favourable weather days are required to complete the T3 fungicide applications on the wheat, but driving through the previously promising looking crops I can’t help wondering where the heck all the additional blackgrass has recently appeared from.


I am now reviewing all invitations to the various trial sites I have received because my education is blatantly lacking.


Spring beans continue to grow at pace, they certainly have had no shortage of water and so a first protectant fungicide has already been applied. I hope we can keep them grass-weed-free because we are likely to be relying on spring sown options in the future.

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