EMMA FOOT | April Catch Up
A few months back we sent off samples from our fields to create a fertiliser plan, our P and K indices were 2’s and some 3’s so the 2’s required a maintenance dose. I’ve applied most of the fertiliser on all of our growing crops (I put the N on little and often) fertiliser isn’t required on the fields going into peas as peas are a nitrogen fixing crop- thus produce their own Nitrogen. We haven’t grown peas on the farm since when I was young, but we are giving them ago again this year as with all the oilseed rape failing due to flea beetle we need a break crop in the rotation to prevent diseases being passed from crops.
Here below is a picture of me ring rolling in the spring barley, we ring roll and flat roll the crops (depending on how heavy the ground is and if rain is forecast) we would rather flat roll to help kill slugs and pack down stones. We have quite a lot of flints on the farm so one of those going through the combine would not be good. A few weeks ago I flat rolled all of our winter crops- we generally flat roll the winter crops in the spring if its dry enough to help the plants tiller out. As 2019 winter was so wet we couldn’t roll it as it would have done more harm than good (compacting the ground) and the crops would look worse than they do now.
I know I am never happy with the weather, I do love the sun but 15mm of rain over night would be perfect to get the spring crops off to the very best start, our ground has gone to dust. The picture below my Dad took with his drone of Darren our workman driving the John deere rolling after the drill and myself in the Fendt and drill.
So all of our huge flock (grand total of 7 ewes) had 13 lambs this lamb below was an escapee unfortunately for me they can outrun me now so was a bit of a challenge to catch this one, so I held on tight one I had caught him haha!