Update from Colchester Monitor Farm: Extremes of weather are increasingly determining farm management policies 715mm rain in 2014 Continuing to explore use of cover crops, such as vetch and
30 October 2014 Since my last entry, we have had an incredibly dry September followed, of course, by a suitably wet October. The ground got wet very quickly – even on this headland which had had
4 June 2014 When I was thinking about writing this over the last week, I was considering using the same title as I did back in the winter: Wet wet wet! We have had a few dry days now so I have a
It has now been a few weeks since our second Monitor Farm meeting. It went very well, but it seemed appropriate to write our next blog on the day we start sowing for the 2014 harvest. The weather has
20 February 2014 Since I last wrote the weather has barely improved. As I drive around the region, I am starting to see extending rape crops and some wheat looking in need of nitrogen, but clearly
Since I last wrote , it feels like it hasn’t stopped raining – throughout the east, land drains and ditches are running and the opportunities for field work have been few. But, it seems we’ve got away
14 January 2014 A Happy New Year to all of you. May it firstly be a healthy one and secondly a good, prosperous farming one. Across the whole of the region the weather is the talking point.
November 2013 “What a difference a year makes”. You are probably fed up hearing that phrase, but how true it is. I’m sitting here thinking about the issues we could be addressing on the two new