With the warmer winter we thought that spring work would start earlier than normal, but then Mother Nature put itself right and cooled things down, writes Simon Day.
With the lower temperatures we only managed to start planting in the week before Easter. Conditions were good and we were happy with progress. The rain over the Easter break has stopped things for a few days though.
The delay in spring work gave us the chance to get involved in the Tractors in Schools project. Run by the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society and the NFU, it is aiming to get a tractor into every primary school playground in Lincolnshire so that children can hear from a farmer about food, farming and countryside topics keyed into their curriculum. We had a great couple of mornings visiting Fleet Wood and Holbeach Bank schools. It was great to get to speak to and answer the questions from the children. Hopefully this will be an annual event and I would encourage all farmers to get involved. We all need to do more to educate and inform our future customers about the food we grow.
Back on the farm, we are also busy spreading the Digestate (organic fertiliser from the Biogas plant) on to the wheat and rye crops. This product will provide most of the nutrition for the crops. The rest of the team are busying preparing land for the other spring crops that we will be drilling in the next month.
To find out more about what’s happening on the farm, please visit www.worthfarms.co.uk