Sutton Bridge farmer talks crops

Stafford Proctor.
Stafford Proctor.
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Summer seems here with all spring crops drilled, planted and emerging well, writes Stafford Proctor.

Winter sown crops are growing quickly with the yellow flowering of oilseed rape nearly completed and ears of barley emerging, and wheat not far behind – only another two months until harvest starts!

New lives start every few days as the Lincoln Red cows continue calving.

With the exception of some black grass, the farms in south Lincolnshire look great.

Farmers have recently completed their annual task of reporting to the government what crops we are growing and that we are abiding by the highest environmental standards – the modern equivalent of the Doomsday book!

Agricultural support plays a crucial role within farming businesses and generally satisfies its aims of supporting the broader rural community and maintaining a plentiful supply of low cost food.

Sunday, June 5 is Open Farm Sunday. The website lists your local farms; why not visit one and learn more of what happens on your local farms. In south Lincolnshire, Naylor Flowers are open from 11am to 4pm, at Sycamore Farm, Common Road, Moulton Seas End, Spalding PE12 6LF. It will be a fantastic day with tractor trailer tours of flower fields, children’s activities, flower arranging demonstrations and competitions, machinery, live music, art and refreshments.

Knowing Matthew and his team, it will be a special day, and a great opportunity to have fun, learn and enjoy our farms and countryside!