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Steve Heard: Flights to the USA booked in search of a new drill

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So far this month there are only two dates on the calendar without a significant rainfall entry. Luckily all our soils are still just above water, but any crop inspection does require decent wellies. I cannot help wondering, can earthworms drown?

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Last month I again completed the annual soil review, but now realise I should have made more emphasis of our much reduced soil erosion achieved by not drilling tramlines. Instead of blocking seed coulters on the drill or dragging marker tines, I rely on the GPS steering of the sprayer. After so much rain, it is very apparent the remaining crop which continues to grow within the wheeling’s, provides a surprisingly effective protection against an unavoidable flow of water.

 

On a positive note, boggy fields have put a halt to any uninvited hare coursing. Hopefully if they do return then they will drive just that little bit closer to a blocked drain so narrowly missed last time. Not only would that prevent anymore mess across our crops, it might aid the police in recovering at least one stolen 4x4.

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Flights into the USA are now booked as the search for a new cereal drill becomes more serious. After many hours spent trawling the internet, I so far have a shortlist of three second-hand drills located at dealers within less than a day’s drive of each other. Let’s hope the Indiana weather soon warms a little, because covered in snow they will surely all look the same.

 

I have to be careful what I wish for, but some cold weather here would not do our forward lush crops any harm. A few good hard frosts would certainly kill the embarrassment of the charlock already flowering in one of my OSR crops. I had considered an expensive Clearfield hybrid variety which would have provided any easy control of the weed, but instead I still hope for some seasonal weather to provide a cheaper solution.

 

I have now checked and been reliably informed that my much nurtured earthworms won’t suffer from periodic saturated soils.

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