Autumn work completed on time at last
In our weekly Word on the Ground column, Simon Day of Worth Farms talks about work on the land...
Its nice to be finishing for our Christmas break knowing that we have completed our autumn work - cultivating and drilling - after the last two years where we have still been drilling winter wheat right through until February due to the very wet autumns.
The harvesting of the potatoes, maize and, so far, leeks and sugar beet, has gone really well and the conditions in the field have been ideal for us to get on and get the next crop drilled without having to do too much repair work to the soil. Hopefully we have set the harvest 2022 crops up to the best start.
This year we have also drilled over 25% of the farm with cover crops to help improve soil health and organic matter.
These are fields that would be drilled with crops in the spring and, historically, ploughed and left bare over winter, exposing them to the rain and elements over winter. Now we are establishing a cover crop in the late summer that we let grow and the roots keep the soil open and alive, feeding the bacteria and worms in the soil. We will then spray these off just before Christmas and then they will die off slowly over the winter and be ready for drilling in the spring
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