The potatoes are all lifted, areas lifted Burnham deep dale next to the sea on sand land and the reminder on fen soils around Manea and Baston areas. Great team effort and well deserved rest for the guys.
Gary very kindly came and filmed us lifting sugar beet and cultivating and drilling behind.
We are lifting sugar beet in blackthorn field on hanslope clay. Very grateful for the dry time.
Hope you enjoy our video.
The sugar beet is being lifted at Rectory Farm with the ropa and chaser with the challenger working behind ready for the drill. Sky fall Milling wheat will be drilled to be used for bread making.
Jamie is busy ploughing on top of ex beet land in front of the drill. This is not a common activity for us. We are ploughing up dry from the dry summer where the soil hasn’t been driven on.
Ryan is following up behind with the combination drill drilling winter wheat.
We are cultivating and drilling after some sugar beet lifted and grown by another. The operation wasn’t conducted under CTF conditions and its like going back in time for me and seeing the soil behave so differently. The weight of modern machinery driven with out care to the soil causes years of compaction and poor root development. The soil is lifeless and we have had to get the plough out to try to lift the soil as it’s so compacted.
In a couple of years time with extensive work we will transform this soil. The dry time seems to be a distant memory.
We have replaced the trailer this year with a Hawe beet chaser. It allows us to build bigger piles because of the length and height of the elevator. The reducing the stored beet pile allows more following crop into the ground, reduces compaction.
The trailer carries 30 ton so can fill a lorry directly. The elevator provides a form of cleaning. Tri axle with wide tyres reduces compaction and fewer movements across the land.
The sugars are high at 18.7 %.
4 bedroom farm house has had a make over. 4 en-suite and a modernised touch the house has come out superb. Will make some one a lovely home.
The boys have done well, the autumn drilling behind combinable crops is completed and we are busy drilling wheat behind the sugar beet.
Potato lifting is going well with conditions in our favour. The potatoes are being lifted by the grimme 2 row self propelled and put into a Jones potato chaser which in turns loads a lorry and start to the factory to make crisps. With the sea in the back ground they will make good salt and vinegar crisps.