Out and About with the FG team
Bringing home the harvest
Following months of changeable weather, during which few days remained entirely rain free, a twoweek period of brighter and drier weather during late July provided an opportunity for barley and oilseed rape harvesting to progress. Pictured is the team at Euston Farms, north Suffolk, harvesting Syngenta’s hybrid winter barley Volume, grown for seed. Farm manager Matthew Hawthorne commented that this is the fourth year of seed production for Syngenta and that the estate’s mix of cereals, maize, sugar beet and vegetables in the rotation, including double break crops, lends itself to seed cropping. Average yields for the harvest so far have been 5.5–7.3t/ ha and moisture content at the time of Farmers Guide’s visit in late July was 12–14 per cent.
Herbicide timings matter With harvest progressing well, it’ll not be long before thoughts start turning to OSR drilling later this month and then the first herbicide applications to the crop after that. The Metazachlor Matters stewardship group is urging farmers and agronomists to apply their herbicides to OSR as early as possible this season in an effort to reduce the risk of them getting into watercourses. Pesticide exceedances in surface water are still far too common, despite the collective effort of many, including farmers and water companies, in susceptible catchment areas. Not only does it cost a huge sum of money to have them removed
from drinking water, but with every exceedance comes the increased likelihood of a product ban. Turn to page 12 of this edition to read more.
Pellets direct Recent years have seen straw regarded less of a cereal harvest by-product and more of an additional crop for many arable farms, but issues associated with transport, storage and handling remain limiting factors. But, a possible solution could be just around the corner. Farmers Guide was invited to the first working demonstration of Krone’s Premos 5000 which creates ultra-dense straw pellets in the field, direct from the swath. The machine attracted considerable interest from agricultural press representing 27 nations at the event (pictured below). See page 46 for the full report.
90th Birthday celebrated Helmut Claas (top right), for many years the managing partner of the Claas Group, celebrated his 90th birthday on the 16th July. He built the
company, founded by his father and uncles, into one of the world’s leading agricultural machinery enterprises having first entered his parents’ family firm in Harsewinkel, Germany in 1958. His special focus has always been on developing pioneering products and mass producing them economically. A whole series of innovations were initiated or co-created by Herr Claas. For example, in 1970 the Dominator series was developed and became one of the most successful combine harvester models in the world. Its successor model, the Lexion, was also developed in Helmut Claas’ era. Today, his daughter Cathrina ClaasMühlhäuser leads the corporate group as chair of the Supervisory Board.
And finally… An old Italian man in Brooklyn is dying. He calls his grandson to his bedside. “Guido, I wanna you to lissina me. I wanna you to take-a my chrome plated 38 revolver so you will always remember me.” “But Grandpa, I really don’t like guns,” the boy replied. “How about you leave me your Rolex watch instead?” “You lissina to me, boy! Somma day you gonna runna da business, you gonna have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big-a home and maybe a couple of bambinos. “And somma day you gonna come-a home and maybe finda your wife inna bed with another man. “Whatta you gonna do then – pointa to you watch and say, ‘times up’!?” This month’s joke was kindly sent in by Suffolk farmer, James Edgell. Do you have a joke to share? A Farmers Guide boot bag will be sent to anyone who gets one published in the magazine. Please send it to: dominic@ farmersguide.co.uk. ■
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