What glorious spring weather we have been enjoying recently. It is a great pleasure being able to go out to work in dry weather gear and not be plodding through mud all the time. Chilly nights but with the sound of lawn mowers buzzing, and the dawn chorus getting noisier by the week, spring has finally arrived. All crops are now sown. I spent a couple of weeks on the drill with somewhat mixed results. Some of the seed-beds were very cloddy and the markers on the drill do not last long bouncing from furrow top to furrow top. That’s my excuse for the wiggly lines which are emerging anyway.
beet drilling with considerable anxiety as I had never done the job before
and straight lines are not a skill I have ever mastered. Also the land
had not really had any good frosts on it all winter and had not broken
down at all. Fortunately we were able to power harrow it and a very welcome
5mm rain fell before drilling. So at least the seed went into a moist
seed bed. Now, at the risk of sounding perverse, a good soak would be
very welcome. Fertiliser applications and spraying are up to date but,
with no significant rainfall forecast until May, we may have to rely on
some heavy dews to get the nitrogen into the soil. I am planning to dance
the sun up on Easter morning at 5.45am so maybe that will provoke a shower!
Failing that I will have another go on May 1st at Felixstowe!!