WEEKEND WEB: The Beast has caused farmers big bother

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SIMON DAY writes our weekly farming column, WORD ON THE GROUND.

Coming into the new year crops were looking good and things were shaping up for an early start to spring work, until a few weeks ago when things turned much colder and latterly wetter as the Beast from the East struck.

It could now be a late start to spring drilling and fertiliser applications, which will mean lots of different jobs to be done at the same time, so planning will be crucial.

The sheds are filling up with seeds and chemicals, we just need the soils to dry out and warm up, as ever patience is a virtue in the spring.

The quieter winter months have been filled up with training courses for the whole team, to ensure they stay up to date with the latest information and regulations. These are organised by the Holbeach Marsh Training group - its busy winter programme provides courses and updates to a number of local farm businesses’.

A date for the diary later on this year is June 10, when we will be opening our gates again in Holbeach Hurn for the Open Farm Sunday event and it would be great to see lots of you on the farm that day.

We have already started planning for the event and will have lots of things to see and do for the whole family.

To find out more information about our event and also the dozens of others being held around the country, please visit www.farmsunday.org

To find out more about what’s happening on the farm, please visit www.worthfarms.co.uk