Spring into summer

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Spring into summer

Post by Coltheox » Sun Apr 01, 2018 5:37 pm

Well, having just re-read some of the comments on the 'Autumn' thread, this spring, if you can call it that, certainly seems to be the opposite. Granted, we did have one week around here when the dust (a little) flew and much activity was carried out. Still some sugar beet being grown, but I don't think as much as of old.

Much of the ground not set last autumn (which was not a huge amount) has gone, I reckon, into spring barley.

On my trip to Hastings last Wednesday (in the rain!!!!) I did manage to notice that many fields were waterlogged. It's the same around here after the recent rains. Some fert was applied, but hellif some of the crops need it! Yellow, sickly looking after the winter. Some rape looks dreadful, but I reckon it will recover if it can receive some fert and spray soon.

As I said in the Autumn thread, a lot can go wrong between then (when the crops looked very good indeed) and harvest. They now have some catching up to do. A spell of warmer weather would help.

If I was still farming, I would be more worried about a dry April and May than anything else. None of the crops have had to put roots down to obtain water, and it will not be long before it is too late for them to do so. I hope we continue to get 'April showers', as it will be a poor old harvest if we do get a prolonged drought.
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Re: Spring into summer

Post by Coltheox » Mon May 21, 2018 7:51 am

Went for one of my 'Rural Rides' around the countryside yesterday.

Hellif things look amazingly well. The recent sun has moved things on apace. Winter barley is now well into ear, wheats will be joining in within a few days, and the whole of the countryside looks remarkably green and healthy.

Sugar beet, even those which were very late sown, are emerging with a good stand. Oilseed Rape has now finished flowering.

All in all, it looks pretty good all round this year.
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Re: Spring into summer

Post by The Pretender » Mon May 21, 2018 9:37 pm

At the speed you drive Col, it must be like watching everything in time lapse. You start driving past a field being drill and by the time you've got to the other end it's emerged :D
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Re: Spring into summer

Post by Tel » Mon May 21, 2018 10:10 pm

The Pretender wrote:At the speed you drive Col, it must be like watching everything in time lapse. You start driving past a field being drill and by the time you've got to the other end it's emerged :D
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Re: Spring into summer

Post by Coltheox » Tue May 22, 2018 8:13 am

Tel wrote:
The Pretender wrote:At the speed you drive Col, it must be like watching everything in time lapse. You start driving past a field being drill and by the time you've got to the other end it's emerged :D
Cut and baled
That's more like it! :D
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Re: Spring into summer

Post by Coltheox » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:58 am

Driving about the area a bit this weekend, it was good to see how well everything looks. Wheats are now on ear, and looking very well indeed. Winter barley is now fully on ear, and in a week will begin to 'turn'. Spring barleys are now coming into ear, and the awns are poking through. Some fields of sugar beet are almost touching across the rows, which is extremely early.

Oilseed Rape is now set, and I reckon in a month most of it will be sprayed off ready for harvest.

All in all, everything looks disgustingly healthy. Wonderful.

P.S. Fred, what you saw at Flint Cross was Fred Karno's Circus setting up...................... :roll:

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Re: Spring into summer

Post by JM » Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:48 pm

Got my fodder beet in this morning :roll: , spuds are coming through rapidly and spring barley is looking good, ww and wb are a bit of a mixed bag, i think i need to up my seed rate for wb in future.
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