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UK Fertiliser Prices

| December 7, 2008

Ammonium Nitrate fertiliser prices have stayed firm at £390/tonne through December of 2008.  It is not surprising to hear that fertiliser traders and manufacturers are advising farmers to continue buying to secure supplies – well of course it’s not surprising, they are trying to sell as much product as possible before the price crashes! Ian [...]

Arable Crops Glossary

| March 11, 2008

Arable Crops Definitions Arable Farming – The production of crops. Barley – A cereal crop grown mainly for malting and as an animal feed. Biodiesel – Fuel that has been produced using crops. Blight – A potato disease. Buteric Silage – Silage that is too wet and does not ferment properly. Canola – The American [...]

Potato Varieties Grown On The Farm

| March 4, 2008

There are many varieties of potatoes which are grown for different reasons. Soilman asked, “What varieties do you grow?” The potato varieties we have grown on the farm over the years are: Hermes – these potatoes have been grown for a merchant that sells the potatoes for crisping. King Edward – these potatoes have been sold to the public for [...]

Grading Potatoes

| September 27, 2007

The potato harvest has begun for our farm this week and so I am now grading potatoes. This means that once the potatoes are lifted from the field, they are then tipped from the trailer onto a conveyor belt that allows us to grade the potatoes by picking out the following items; Stones, Mud, Weeds, [...]

Naming Arable Crops Contest

| September 20, 2007

What is an arable crop? An arable crop is a plant (cereal, fruit or vegetable) that is cultivated for food or other uses, on ploughed land. How many arable crops can you name? Can you name 30 or more? Have a go at naming arable crops in the contact form below and the reader who [...]

Barley Harvest Completed

| August 20, 2007

  The barley has been successfully harvested this year and the grain is safely stored in the new grain store.   Our Winter barley had a good harvest but the Spring barley was more difficult this year.

Wheat Harvest Finished

| August 17, 2007

  The wheat has been successfully harvested this year and the grain is safely stored in the new grain store. It has been reported that the yields are down nationally, but our wheat yields are reasonable this year, although there is a problem with the straw staying green. Arable Crops Grain Shed Grain store Harvest WheatArable Crops, Grain [...]

The Wheat Is Ripe But The Combine Is Broken

| August 3, 2007

We were able to harvest some more of the oilseed rape on Wednesday but we still haven’t finished as the remaining areas are still too wet for the combine to travel.  The combine repeatedly got stuck but we were able to ‘dig it out’ with a spade and by jolting it backwards and forwards we [...]

Harvest Update

| July 31, 2007

Harvest on the farm is now progressing rapidly after a slow start.  The initial problems have been travelling with the combine, which has been sinking in the saturated soil.  The solution to this problem has been to source a set of flotation ‘terra’ tyres and fit them to the combine.  Terra tyres have been trading [...]

The Combine Harvester

| July 31, 2007

  Our combine harvester is working very hard at the moment. It has been harvesting; oilseed rape / canola, barley, and will soon be harvesting wheat. When the combine harvester leaves the farm yard I am always reminded of the Combine Harvester Song by The Wurzels. Arable Crops Barley Canola Combine Harvester Farm Machinery Harvest [...]