Where have the dry sunny days gone? Come back please! We are on the cusp of the Barley straw baling harvest and hope to get going as soon as we have a few dry sunny days. In a normal year we would have started by the end of July but with tomorrow being the 1st August it seems mother nature has decided to let us wait. Get in touch if you want to collect any Barley straw bales form the field as we can offer a discount. Hoping to start baling within the next 7 days. This may be a tad optimistic as the weather forecast for the week ahead shows some sun with warmish days but scattered heavy showers at times which is'nt conducive to baling straw! Patience may be in order this year I fear
Saturday night (tonight) saw the balers rolling back into the yard having had a very productive and surprisingly trouble free last couple of weeks. Bale counts not fully completed yet but we are confident we have a comfortable number of bales to carry us through to 2014. Final stacking still to do but by tomorrow night we should have chased all the bales into the remaining sheds before final stacking takes place. It has quite simply been an unbelivable Hay campaign as we could not have wished for better weather!
A BIG THANKYOU to the rest of the team at SBS for their continued hard work over the last couple of weeks and of course support services for food, liquid refreshements and Calippo's!
We started baling today having began mowing nearly a week ago now. Unbelievably we have been blessed with glorious sunny days so we have no excuses for not making perfect hay this year (unlike last years challenging weather). All three balers set off at lunchtime and I can report they are all knotting fine - touch wood! Yields have varied greatly, on lighter pieces we have only needed to ted twice, letting the sun do the work. The forecast for the coming week is for more bright sunny days so fingers crossed!
Our crops are finally starting to catch up now we have been blessed with regular(ish) showers and some good warm sunny days. Harvest forecasts for 2013 are somewhat below that of 2012 nationally and in some areas straw yields are
expected to be 35% down on 2012 as a result of the wet winter and late spring growing weather. Wheat straw will be in short supply due to reduced plantings, and Barley straw, in particular Spring Barley straw plantings are up on that of
Harvest 2012 acerage wise, but tonnes/bales per acre will be down due to Spring Barley being lower yielding than Winter Barley. Will will endevour to increase our stocks this harvest to cope with the steady increase in demand we have been experiencing over the past few months. Lets hope for some good sunny days over harvest and clean golden straw! Come on mother nature!
SBS - News and updates of Hay and Straw crop progress