After spring finally arrived, crops moved fast and fungicide programmes have now started. Though the cold end to winter seems to have suppressed disease, the increasing presence of fungicide
Just a few thoughts on harvest and yields... Spring barley was the stand out crop for us this year. The field that was ploughed and drilled direct with our cultivator drill yielded better than the
As I write this on 8th September, the previous weekend’s weather forecast indicated that combines should have been moving at pace all around the country. That’s certainly not the case here, and while
Ever watched the film – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly? Well it played out here this harvest as I suspect it has on many farms. Needless to say the oilseed rape was the Ugly. We budget for 3.75
After checking into a Motel across the Montana boarder at 1am, I was back on the road by 4am, and with the sun rising in the rear view mirror I was soon driving through some rich alluvial soils
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) produces a report every two months called Fertiliser Market Outlook. Its purpose is to provide intelligence on changes and developments in the
We had perfect weather on Monday, a superb spring day which got everyone excited only to be brought back down to earth with two days of dull, damp, mist and a cold NE breeze. So no sowing this week!
16 March 2015, Rachel Matheson The Black Isle Monitor farm has so far provided a variety of different learning opportunities for young people interested in agriculture. The Black Isle Monitor Farm
The end of the first month of 2015 is about to arrive, and our rape is starting to grow. The days are getting longer, but a few pigeons are still in evidence on the headlands where there are electric
Just a quick planting update... Out in Devon drilling cassia barley following oats, on a contract job. The seed rate is 200 kg/ha, and the next crop will probably be beans.