Harvest 2017 almost over !

Its been an interesting harvest weather wise but for us very good on yields.  Overall we have been very pleased with it being quite noticeable that as soil health has improved the crops seem to be more resilient to the usual extremes of weather.  I was very worried about some of the second wheats (or wheat following a previous wheat crop) as we had a very dry spring which put the crop under a great deal of pressure but my fears were mainly unfounded as they did exceptional well.  We had the odd minor disaster, we always do in farming, but for us we try and push the boundaries of what we do every year and try something new; I will not be direct drilling combining peas again as we have fifty acres of basically nothing after that experiment.  The important thing is know why you have failed so at least you don’t do it again !  Winter beans have done very well for us as the season was perfect for them; drought in the spring stressed them into flowering early then summer rainfall filled the pods, in places their yield has been exceptionally good.

The real star of the year has been the haulage boys as we would have been bursting at the seems if we hadn’t had the ability to shift produce off farm in a wet year.

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Harvest has started !

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Harvest 2017 has kicked off; 

Only seems like yesterday when the last one finished.  Old age I guess !

Anyhow so far so good; winter barley has done well going from 6.5tn/ha up to over 9tn/ha in large areas which is very pleasing after last year’s awful barley yields.

Prices have kept up as have deliveries and so far we have shipped out some 800tn on our own transport; this mainly to the docks at Ipswich but also to Camgrain.

 

 

Actually found myself waiting for the barley boat at Ipswich with a load so tried my hand at the longest and slowest video action shot ever……enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

Full speed ahead!

The weather is holding up well for us in Essex. Now we are getting into the busy harvest period the grain is being taken off the field using our chaser and loaded straight onto the Griffin lorry. These were taken in Belchamp Walter, Essex, not far from Munt Farm.

Griffin Farming harvesting in Belchamp Walter Essex

Harvest in Belchamp Walter,  Essex

Haulage during harvest

During the busy harvest period grain is bulk loaded off the fields using a 30 tonne capacity grain chaser either to the tractor and trailer and taken back to store or to the 44 tonne lorry for delivery.

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Griffing farming lorry for haulage haulage