Early harvest update from the South East
The unprecedented weather has meant the combines are being taken out of the shed early this year to start on the winter barley prior to starting on the desiccated WOSR. Some of it is now not far from being cut.
On the whole, crops seem to look well in the SE but it is too early to predict what the average yields and quality will be.
Black-grass control measures continue to be paramount in the SE with some farms applying glyphosate to large areas of their crops that are badly affected.
What is clear is the fact that black-grass is not the only weed that farmers need to be aware of in the South East as ryegrass and brome are also very much in the limelight and fast becoming a problem. There is no quick fix method in controlling these weeds: instead it is more about finding a strategy that works for your farm and then perseverance is the name of the game. (Find out more about AHDB’s brome survey)
Having run a few Monitor Farm events over the past week it is interesting that discussions liven up when cost of production is mentioned. With the uncertain road ahead all any farming business can do is try and ensure they develop strategies and contingencies which can be implemented so to ensure future business robustness. Everyone has different ideas on how to do this but what is crucial is to know the actual costs involved with your farming enterprises and from this take the opportunities to analyse. Identify where you can make some marginal gains which will then add up and help make your business more resilient for the future!
With the AHDB’s 2017 -2020 Cereals & Oilseeds strategy document highlighting the objective for us as an organisation to ensure 50% of farmers know what it costs them to produce a tonne of grain by 2020 it makes you realise how many farmers are still are burying their heads in the sand and hoping tomorrow never comes!