June and the sun beats down on the farm. I decided that I should get my own silo ready for the crops that are growing in my fields. I have located it in the farmyard…

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…Which means that the Harvester has had to find a new parking spot – I’ve moved it to the grass behind the railway depot👍 On the slope beside the track, the poppies are putting on a fine display…

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…I own this bit of land but I don’t think I can do a lot with it other than perhaps having a picnic😂 However, we’re probably going to be too busy for one of those – we had our first harvest job of the year and dispatched the tractor and harvester over to the next valley…

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Fertilizing and Spraying still form the bulk of my work for our neighbours…

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Between jobs I took the time to re-evaluate my targets. I now think that my best next field will be number 23…

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…rather than field 20. It will cost €100K less and is still easily accessible. I took a look during a quiet period in late June and found a nice crop of Barley growing there…

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Fortuitously, at the same time as my crop of Oats became ready to harvest in the first week of July, so did this field of Barley and I was able to take the contract. It gave a good insight into the volume of crop I could expect compared to my field 17…

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…I took 20000 litres of Barley to the grain mill from that field and I stored nearly 8000l of Oats in my silo…

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…from my own field. I’ll be interested to see what return I get in Sorghum from field 14 when that ripens next month😎

Excitement over and back to the Fertilizing…

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…I’m amazed that this farmer wants me to fertilize so late in the crop’s growth cycle – this Sorghum is nearly ready to harvest and I fertilized mine a couple of months back! Still – it’s cash in hand and I’ve been able to add a Forage Wagon to my fleet of vehicles…

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…Which means I can collect the straw after I harvest and sell it to the Biogas Plant…

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That brings us up to date on the happenings at Ferme du Vieux Chêne 😎👍