Blankney Farm Update – 27 July 2023

The crop drying season has progressed well and recent unsettled conditions have given us good grass grwoth and topped up our soil moistures, with many fields now returning to field capacity. As a result of this, we stopped irrigating 10 days ago.

We’re nearing the end of our first lucerne cut and final fields of timothy hay. It will be a busy rest of the month, drying good quality fescue grass for chlorophyll extraction.

On the farm, our longer season crops – maize and sugar beet – look very well; a somewhat different picture to 10 months ago!

Our combinable crop harvest has started, although we are currently making slow progress due to the weather conditions. Our November drilled spring barley is yielding well, 5% above our five year average.