Average yields... and job opportunities
In the weekly growers' column, Simon Day, of Worth Farms in Holbeach Hurn, discusses the harvest...
We are just coming to the end of our winter wheat harvest this year, which will be average at best. The low sunlight levels at the grain filling time haven’t helped to get those nice bold grains filled to bump up the yield.
It’s been a frustrating couple of week as well. With no sunshine to help dry the crops in the field, we have had to cut the wheat slightly wetter than we would have liked. This will then have to be dried in the store.
We have also just started the potato and leek harvests; we will be harvesting leeks all the way through until next May and will aim to have the potatoes finished by bonfire night. The potato crop looks good in terms of quality but again yields will be about average. The cold spring that we had delayed the emergence and the crop has set less tubers than normal.
Our newly-sown pollen and nectar and wild bird seed plots have looked fantastic this spring, providing a valuable source of food for the birds and the bees living on the farm.
We are finishing off drilling some of the new grass margins around the large watercourses on the farm. This will help protect them from any chemicals and fertilisers and ensure the water quality is maintained.
With the current challenges facing the food and farming industry with shortages of key workers, we have a number of vacancies within the business – please visit www.ahworth.co.uk to see if there is an opportunity that you may be interested in. We’d love to hear from you.
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