Since my last article we have finished our harvest which mostly produced some good yields, but did seem to take forever as we didn’t finish our last field of beans till September 26, writes Edward Gent.
Since my last article we have finished our harvest which mostly produced some good yields, but did seem to take forever as we didn’t finish our last field of beans till September 26.
We have established most of our planned autumn crops. Oilseed rape has again established very well and is in most situations a bit too thick, but we are still more nervous about having a thin crop that allows slugs, blackgrass and pigeons to threaten it than having too thick a crop.
Cover crops on land that will be spring crops. Wheat is mostly done but there is still a small amount of wheat to drill if the appropriate weather window allows. The weather has not made things easy this autumn with only short settled periods making it difficult to plan jobs and get on for any length of time.
With the current market values, challenges from increasing problems controlling pests and diseases, and rising input costs, we have to keep a good eye on our cost of production to try to keep within what is a sensible plan as there is very little room for error with present crop values.
On the poultry side production has been good and hens are healthy at the moment but they are coming to the end of their production period now and the quality and quantity of eggs is starting to tail off as it always does as the hens age.