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WORD ON THE GROUND: Establishing some environmental crops

Spring is hopefully just around the corner.

After coming out of one of the wettest December and January periods on record we are hopeful that things will start to dry up now so we can start to focus on the spring planting period, writes Simon Day, farms director at Worth Farms.

One saving grace is that all of our water storage reservoirs are now full to the brim in readiness for the potential drought periods that will no doubt follow, as the weather patterns seem to becoming so extreme now.

Simon Day.
Simon Day.

We have a busy period coming up on the farm. As well as planting the usual crops potatoes, peas, maize and leeks, we will also be establishing some environmental crops.

We have joined the new countryside stewardship scheme for a five year period and this will see us planting over 60 hectares of pollen and nectar, wild bird food mixes along with grass margins around fields.

Most of these mixes have been targeted at small fields, awkward corners or bendy field edges as we aim to try to farm in straight lines now with our GPS-driven tractors.

Worth Farms’ new four-row potato harvester making light work of the 2020 potato harvest.
Worth Farms’ new four-row potato harvester making light work of the 2020 potato harvest.

It’s always good to walk into these areas when they are in full flower to see the benefit that they do bring to the wildlife.

We have also just been paired with a new school as part of the LEAF (Linking the Environment and Farming) Farmertime initiative.

The school is in south Wales so a very different type of area to south Lincolnshire.

We will be catching up with a class every two weeks via Facetime.

This will help them tounderstand more about farming and what we do and how they can relate to this within their school syllabus, which is becoming ever more important as we educate the next generation of shopper as to how their food is produced.

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