August 2011


The weather up until the second week of June, had looked as if there were to be a complete disaster for the arable sector. Then it started raining and didn’t know when to stop. Yields were a mixed bag, Oil Seed Rape was in a number of cases pretty spectacular, and at the other end Spring Barley fairly grim not helped by the weather giving us a stop start harvest, and for a us a poor straw sample, black and dusty.

Having said that, the maize for silage is looking well, and the cows up to their knees in grass, not always the case on our sandy soils in the New Forest.