Reflections on another harvest at Holbeach Hurn

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Another harvest draws to a close and looking back to when I last wrote we were just about to start harvesting, writes Simon Day.

Now, exactly three months later, we are moving into our last field of potatoes and that will just leave a few fields of sugar beet to tidy up in November and December.

Harvest has been a real mixed bag across all crops. The hail storm we had knocked up to 50 per cent of the yield in a couple of fields of wheat and affected more than we first thought. The potato crop has been fairly average in terms of yield but quality has been really good. The drop in yield will hopefully be made up with some higher prices in the coming months.

We have made good progress with starting preparations for next year’s harvest. All of the rye and most of the wheat has been drilled in ideal conditions thanks to this late settled weather.

I was also very honoured to have been nominated and shortlisted to the final three for the Farmers Weekly Farm Manger of the Year awards in London in early October. This was a great event that showcased the great work that is being done by people in all the different sectors of the industry. Unfortunately I did not win but to be in the finals with two other great farm managers was a great place to be.

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