News archive - May, 2019

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Fen Peas on Saturday Kitchen

10 Jun , 2019

Fen Peas recently got some national publicity as we were featured on the popular BBC cooking show Saturday Kitchen. We often get film crews visiting our fields, wanting to understand what it takes to undertake the large quantity production of our peas. This has been a good year for our peas, with the warm weather […]

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Thursday 30th May 2019

30 May , 2019

It has to be said that the weather has been pretty kind of late. Sunshine, warmth during the day and a number of welcome showers. Perfect growing conditions. So much so that the rate of growth has been staggering. From very small flat pods a week ago, to blown pods with peas forming. This is […]

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Sunday 19th May 2019

19 May , 2019

The rain of last weekend helped us a lot with the drilling this week. Just enough to make a difference. With 15% left to drill, using 4 varieties over varying soil types, latitude, longitude and elevation we pressed on and had everything in the ground by Friday teatime. The conditions were very good at the […]

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Sunday 12th May 2019

12 May , 2019

History was made this week! The previous Sunday’s BBC Countryfile weather forecast proved to be accurate so we had a flurry of activity on Monday and Tuesday, 210 acres drilled, then sat back for the rest of the week and enjoyed the steady rain. It was most welcome. All crops needed some after a very […]

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Tuesday 30th April 2019

1 May , 2019

Folklores; It doesn’t rain in a dry time. Careful what you wish for. I would be happy with something in between! Getting peas into moisture is becoming more difficult as each day passes. All the land has been pulled over to conserve moisture but the dry winds keep drawing it out. It would be foolish […]

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Tuesday 23rd April 2019

24 Apr , 2019

What a change in the weather. Scorching temperatures will move the peas on that have been drilled, but looking forward there is concern as to how dry it is getting. Another “careful” week drilling. The Geneva was finished off near Sleaford and then a block of Charlie was put in around East Heckington. All of […]

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Sunday 14th April 2019

14 Apr , 2019

It feels as if we have reverted back to winter this week. Although it has remained dry the bitter east wind, which has also brought some frosts, has really slowed things down. We are still drilling but at a much reduced pace. The Geneva around Spalding and Scott Willoughby has gone well. Moisture is still […]

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Sunday 31st March 2019

31 Mar , 2019

This morning brought the start of summer time and although the sun was shining there was a nippy feel to the wind. So much so, that the soil temperature was higher than the air temperature. It’s been a good week again in terms of progress with drilling going to plan in the Kirton and Frampton […]

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Tuesday March 26th 2019

26 Mar , 2019

The continued spell of unsettled weather came to an end last week and we were able to return to drilling peas on the silts north of Boston. Going was good. Excellent seed beds and plenty of moisture. The overhead conditions allowed us to complete the Savannah and a trial variety, Idalgo, by Sunday. It was […]

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Friday 14th March 2019

15 Mar , 2019

Due to the arrival of the not so friendly Storm Gareth this week we have been unable to get on with our sowing programme. Those in the ground have weathered the storms well and the first fields are becoming green over. With temperatures today in excess of 15C that will move them along nicely. Planning […]

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Friday 1st March 2019

1 Mar , 2019

What an incredible 14 days of weather! We have been spoilt. After the dry autumn, when ploughing conditions were the best they had been for years, followed by a dry winter, seedbeds have proved easy to achieve and with the above average temperatures progress has been good. To say the least. With the Prelado, Anubis, […]

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Thursday 21st February 2019

21 Feb , 2019

The weather, conditions and progress have been good so far since starting sowing the peas a week ago. The first sown Prelado have all chitted and are growing away quickly. The soil is a remarkable 10C for this time of year. The Anubis has burst its skin so with warm air due up from Africa […]