| 8/26/2012 12:42:30 PM

26th August 2012                  



It rained yesterday like a Caribbean cyclone .Standing corn leaned over under the deluge. What I noticed was this.  Arable gateways onto the roads were marked out with muddy wheel tracks leading away from the harvest field to the grainstore. Normally tracks marked out in dust and wispy straw – chaff even – but seldom in mud !

Close by, a pea/wheat/oil seed rape farmer watched his 2012 pea harvest rustle over the combine shakers and plop on the ground behind the very modern combine because the peas were too small and too  light to be saved  . Bring back the ‘gleaners’. Why can’t a modern combine have its shakers turned right down to accommodate the smallest pea ?

Even modern people get caught out. Dairy cows loll about in summer wonder,  knee deep in grass.” Now shall I have a breakfast of cocksfoot or hawkweed or perhaps a little quaking grass ‘to go….” The pressure is off the hogs . No sun – no sunburn and best off , all masses of mud. Futurefarms have harvested a fantastic crop of onions which are drying in the new polytunnel –probably approaching the best we’ve had (since 2003).So all is never lost with diverse crops.