Thursday 31st March, 2011
Well, the rain came and then it went by mid morning. Just enough to damp the paths. Conditions are good for drilling at the moment, but the longer term view is a worry. Late land is being pulled over to hopefully prevent it from drying out. We will complete the Kirton area tomorrow, and next week will be drilling Novella and Geneva at Sutterton, Fosdyke, Holbeach and Moulton.
The early drilled peas are coming through well, and about 1000 acres are showing now. The warm weather due, will encourage good growth away from the pigeons and crows. Peas drilled early last week have chits of over an inch on now.
Tuesday 29th March, 2011
We are on what some would consider to be the best land in England. My Chairman's! I do wonder if scenes like this are what we will continue to see this spring. Bound to rain now! 15mm would be nice, no need to be greedy. Peas are going in well, and into good moisture, but the ditches are now looking low, and the land has that dry look about it.
Friday 25th March, 2011
As the sun sets after the first week of spring it has been a bit quiet on the drilling front, just 140 acres in. Finishing off Novella north of Boston, and waiting a day or two before we made a little start in the Wyberton area. 1600 acres now in the ground, however it is very noticeable that the land is drying quite quickly, with no rain to speak of in sight. Hard on the heels of the first drillings the rest of the Twinkle and the Anubis are now emerging with the Style close to the surface as well.
Saturday 19th March, 2011
Even though it has been cool, and with frost at night, these peas are growing. The first drilled are now emerging, and those behind them are growing well. When the sun is out the light land is getting quite warm, and encouraging this growth. Now that they are emerging it will become a matter of keeping the pigeons at bay!
Thursday 17th March, 2011
After their winter hibernation at PMC Fakenham, the machinery begins to return to base. Two machines will come back today, having been overhauled, and ready to go when we need them in mid June. I passed a garage today that was selling diesel fot 140.9p per litre, and it now has me thinking just where are fuel prices going to be in the summer, given the continuing unrest in the Middle East.
Thursday 17th March, 2011
Mother nature still can't seem to shift this fog that has been hanging over us, whilst the south of the country seems to be getting some sunshine. At least it's dry. Like the Olympics we have reached our first milestone for this year, just gone through the 1000 acre drilled mark. Drilling will slow down next week as we move geographical areas from north to south of Boston.
Tuesday 15th March, 2011
Not a very nice day, foggy and raw, but none the less drilling continues. We are now well settled in the Fens and drilling Jaguar and Novella. Looking back at what we did last week peas drilled last Wednesday have half to one inch chits on. So despite cool conditions things are growing.
Saturday 12th March, 2011
Good morning Menorca, and welcome to spring!
Friday 11th March, 2011
With Sleaford completed, drilling moves on at a pace on Lincoln Heath. This is high output country, with some quite large fields, which means less road work, and higher efficiency when it comes to harvest. The peas are going in to good conditions, and despite ground temperatures hovering around the 5 degree mark, things are growing. At the end of tomorrow in excess of 800 acres will be in the ground. A good start. Now down to the Fens, for what looks like a good week of weather. No or little rain forecast, and temperatures begining to climb.
Wednesday 9th March, 2011
After what seems a very long winter we are now well under way. Peas have been drilled in the Grantham and Sleaford area, and we started on Lincoln Heath today. Even though it is still quite cold, crops are growing. Peas drilled last week have 2 inch chits on, which is very encouraging. With the wind now getting up I hope we shall be able to drill down in the Fens next week.