Emma Foot | August Update
Well, harvest is now truly underway!
We had a new combine arrive (a Claas lexion 660 on tracs); this is a 6 straw walker machine, and as of yet, we haven’t had to dry anything. This is excellent news, seeing as the yields are right down this year with the wet autumn. It always makes it challenging, with the dry spring causing lots of secondary growth. Our winter oats normally do well for us; ranging from 3.5-4 tonne an acre. This year, I recon its averaged 2 tonne an acre, which is quite a big set back. I suppose we have to be grateful we didn’t have to dry them...
Bill loves the cab passenger life. He loves looking around at the wildlife and seeing what’s going on, and he’s good company for me too. I don’t have him in the cab with me all the time - it depends what I’m doing as to if I bring him or not - or what the weathers like. When I leave him in Dads garden, I leave the door open into the office so they have the option to go in there or go out in the garden. If I pop to go to the toilet, I very often find him in there with the other two as they seem to like the cool tiled floor. I leave him with the two Rottweiler’s, and he’s got them both smitten to him. They make a good pack!
As you may have heard, Farm24 took place on the 6th of August. If you didn’t know, its in conjunction with Morrisons and Farmers Guardian. Farmers from around the country documented a day on the farm, so many people got involved; it was great. If you would like to have a look at my day on the farm, I’ve added the videos to my Instagram highlights - @emmafoot724.
Here is our moisture meter giving us the result of the moisture we’ve been praying for! Peas need to be at 15% moisture or below. They have now been collected by a sampler to be tested to see if they make the grade to be sold for human consumption. We are hoping they will be sold for processing peas, as there is a premium for us if they are suitable.
Here is Dad cutting the peas. I sprayed these off nearly 3 weeks prior to cutting. I sprayed them off with roundup - we don’t usually spray our crops off. We wait for them to all ripen in the weather naturally, but Dad was saying how peas need to be sprayed off as they would have been tricky to harvest otherwise. At least when we cut them, they were all fit at the same time. Up until this year, a spray called Reglone was able to be used to desiccate the peas, and once desiccated they could be harvested 2 days after - whereas roundup is 2 weeks afterwards - so we were very fortunate that the weather was on our side.
This grain test weight scale weighs the bulk and density of the crop (this particular crop is oats) and it is known as the 'bushel weight' of the crop. Crops need to be certain bushel weights to be sold. Oats bushel weight needs to be 52 or above, Wheat needs to be 72 or above, whereas Barley needs to be 64 or above. So far, everything we’ve harvested has been dry, so it's been a real luxury! With it being our first year growing peas, for some years Dad was telling me how horrible it is drying peas and harvesting isn’t great if they go flat either (as their prone to go flat). I feel very happy that we were able to cut them at 13.5% and they need to be 15% or below and they stayed up! Dad swathed some of the pea holm as our regular straw customer will be short on feed this year, and they say pea holm is a good feed.
Thank you again for taking the time to have a read,