Normally we would have planted the majority of our crops in the autumn and would have a small amount to plant in the spring. However, this winter has been very cold and wet and drilling has been very much delayed. So all the planting has had to happen this year in the spring.
We are lucky that the weather this spring has been kind to us. It has been sunny and warm with a gentle breeze. As most would know perfect weather for drying your clothes on the washing line, but also perfect for drying and warming up the soil, which are the best condtions to plant tiny seeds that will grow into a healthy crop.
Here is farmer Craig on his tractor drilling oilseed rape. The tractor has duel wheels on, so 8 wheels in total. This is to spread the weight of the tractor so that it doesn’t sink into the ground. As you can see from the pictures, even though the ground is still quite soft there are no marks left by the tractor’s tyres.