Tuesday, 30 June 2015

French farmer visit

We showed a group of French farmers around the farm, concentrating on CTF and rotations with blackgrass management. 

Holmer in Sweden

I popped over with cousin Michael to Sweden today to Malmo to see a Holmer sugar Beet Harvester for sale on a lovely farm. We ended up in Denmark in Copenhagen on a canal boat cruise and arrived back tonight. Three great meals in three different countries. Crops in Sweden and Denmark looked very good. 

Pure horse muck

Clearing up after Fiona's horses, 6 trailer loads later, it's amazing how much they produce. We delivered some seasoned well rotted manure to the Dry Drayton allotment group to help grow the largest vegetables in the parish. Jason and Sammy did a great job. 

Monday, 22 June 2015

CTF group

Ctf group from Australia, Brazil, Romania, UK and New Zealand having a tour this morning on our CTF and future cropping. 

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Roguing blackgrass and ryegrass

Roguing blackgrass and rye grass to keep the wheats and barley clean. 

We have a team in annually to come and rogue the combinable crops and the sugar beet. It's part of our fight against the spread of weeds. This is commonly done in seed crops but we are having it done across all the fields in the fens to prevent infestation. This is a costly job but hoping to be a long term solution. 
Headland management is an area of concern. 

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Irrigation time

Our second pass on the potatoes. 
72 metre Briggs boom. 
The fens are alive with watering veg crops day and night. 

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Second bay gets concreted.

Second bay is having half of the floor laid. The second half will be done on Monday. 

Black grass not treated with a band sprayer

This is a field which has had centorium max sprayed on but not controlled the blackgrass in sugar beet. This area of the field was not band sprayed. One last chemical to try. 

Australian visitors

37 Australians came on a tour to europe to see combinable farms and diversity compliments of Claas. They then spent a day at cereals. 

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Forsyth annual visit

Willy and Anthony Forsyth came to look at the Cambridgeshire blackgrass. 
Pictured with father in the new loading shovel bucket. 

Concrete floor

The concrete floor is being laid in the first bay and power floating.