Long hot summer brings mixed results
The weather as ever dictates what we do in agriculture and listening to some of the older generation talking about the 1975 and 1976 years' weather and the extremes we encountered then, I think the 2018 will be the '76 of my generation.
Wheat harvest started in July, probably 10 days ahead of our normal start date, we have been lucky in this area though with the moisture retentive silts managing to hang on to what little moisture there was and produce us some fantastic yields. Wheat will probably be the only crop that exceeds expectation this harvest.
Our maize harvest was completed last week, with yields 20 per cent down, the crop really loved the sun and high temperatures, but the missing moisture held the yields back, the bonus being though is that the crop was harvested in ideal conditions allowing the following winter wheat crop to be established with little cultivation.
We are making progress with the potato harvest as well, crops are very variable this season, where we have applied water to the crop with irrigators to help with scab control and then during the growing season this has paid for itself many times over, the quality is good, but the yields are still slightly behind where we would expect.
Some of the unirrigated fields are going to be below our target yield, the high temperatures that we saw were just too much and the crops shut down in the heat and have struggled to bulk up since.
To see some pictures from the day and keep up with what’s going on at the farm, have a look at www.worthfarms.co.uk