Another spring of firsts at Worth Farms
We seem to be having some very variable spring seasons recently, after one of the wettest Januarys on record was followed by one of the driest Aprils with the most overnights frosts – I think we counted 15, writes Worth Farms farms director SIMON DAY.
This has led to a very slow emergence of our potato crops.Normally we would expect them to take about 30 days from planting to emergence but this year has been over 40 days.No doubt Mother Nature will correct things and we will still be harvesting at the same time.
All other spring crops are just about planted, with just a couple of fields of vining peas for the Holbeach Marsh Co-Operative to drill when the weather allows and a couple of small fields of leeks to plant next week when the contractor is back with us.
We are using a system called plant tape this year, which sees the small leek seeds pre-grown in a glass house in a long length of tape with small pockets of compost along it and then planted into the field when they are about three inches tall.
This should ensure us a more even and consistent plant, ensuring a better quality product for our customers. So the next couple of months are fairly quiet on the farm, with some machinery to get ready for harvest and the last of the potatoes and wheat to outload from the stores, we will then have to turn them around and prepare for the next crops, it’s a good time for the team to take some well earned holidays before we get busy with harvest.
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