At the 2024 Cereals event

June is a month that hosts a number of farming events, in what is usually a quieter work month ahead of a busy harvest season. It's a good time for farmers to meet socially and attend educational events.

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Checking the wheat

This is the time of year when crops are growing like crazy and passing through their growth stages very quickly. This means that we have to be extremely vigilant, inspecting them regularly.

Steve, our agronomist, visits regularly to check crop health and advise on the prevention of fungal disease by the application of fungicides. Getting the correct timing for fungicide applications for wheat can be difficult (because of the very rapid growth) but it is extremely important.

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Richard with the dogs

Here's a little fact that may help you out in a pub quiz one day: every inch of rain that falls produces 8kg of nitrogen per hectare for the soil.

Rain is by far the cheapest source of N fertiliser available to us. That's why most of Britain's dairy farms are on the west coast, where the higher rainfall super-fertilises the grass and keeps the cows well fed. It's also the reason why our farm looks so green at the moment. In the last five months, we have had 33 inches of rain - just a bit less than our normal annual rainfall! Surely it has to stop soon...?

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Beautiful Mother's Day Gifts

Who doesn't love a bit of stylish storage, and especially when it is for daily use and can sit proudly in a kitchen or utility room? No need to hide it in a cupboard!

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DX logo and van

News Update! We have recently made the decision to move to a new courier.

As most of our customers are aware, we found ourselves having to box our sacks of birdseed to send them out with DPD. Since our sacks are heavy-duty and water-proof, having to put them into cardboard boxes seemed hugely wasteful and not a good option for the environment; more trees felled to create boxes that ultimately ended up in a bin 24 hours later. However we have now signed a contract with a courier company called DX - Delivered Exactly and they are happy to take our sacks with no need for wasteful, expensive cardboard boxes.

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White millet crop

Autumn is the season for planting, and there are some big changes afoot for us this year!

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Growing rapseed

Usually, the end of August is a lovely time of year with crisp mornings and amazing sunsets. It's not quite so lovely this year - as I write this my feet are freezing and we are considering a little fire tonight! It is palpable that the days are beginning to shorten and that autumn is on its way.

We have been busy on the farm cultivating our rapeseed volunteers. We have just invested in a new Kockerling cultivator and Merv has been hard at work.

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news from the farm - hot air balloon flying over a farm

Well I have been holding off for some good news to share with you all,  but alas, it seems to be in short supply at the moment.  Harvest 2023 thus far, has been tricky. We do, however, have a bumper crop of mushrooms growing in the paddock and garden!  But for the other crops, harvest has been challenging. Earlier on in July, we cut our oil seed rape, which did look fantastic but the yield was disappointing.More...

Bird singing at dawn

This time of year is very special in terms of early morning birdsong. I would like to say that I spring out of bed at 5am to ride out on my bike, but the reality is somewhat less energetic than that (and a bit later as well!).

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Duck bathing in a bucket

The sun is shining as we approach the end of the month - but gosh that wind is cold! I thought I would share these photos with you. I am afraid the photography isn't up to much - but I hope you will enjoy nevertheless.

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