We have finally finished drilling our crops for this year although it is a few weeks later than in an average year due to unsettled weather during August when we were harvesting. Thankfully we have had much more settled weather during September and October which has allowed us to get our crops sown. Soil moisture levels have been ideal this year on the whole for sowing: dry enough for us to travel in the field but with ample moisture to aid seedbed creation.
Each year brings with it new ways of using our bales. As you may have seen from our hay and straw bale uses page, our bales have many alternative uses. For the first time our bales have now been supplied to create sound proofing barriers around several generators. The generators are running 24 hours a day on construction sites across Yorkshire for a major utilities provider and the sound proofing will ensure residents close to the sites get a good nights sleep! Whatever next!!!
At last we have finished baling our wheat straw for 2015. It has taken longer than usual due to the unsettled weather we have had in September, but we are relieved to have finally got there! We still have some bales to bring in from the field but hope to have them all stacked by tomorrow evening.
We have increased our bale numbers this year so we are in a good position to meet demand for our straw bales over the coming 2015/2016 season.
Machinery wise we have had a very successful baling campaign with only one of our balers deciding to knot continually one Sunday evening whilst baling barley straw. Diagnosis from the John Deere dealer the next day pointed to an issue with the knotter brake. We fitted new brake pads the next day and off we went again!
A big thank you must go out to all team who have worked tirelessly to get the straw baled, lead in from the field and then stacked, often under time pressure due to the weather.
SBS - News and updates of Hay and Straw crop progress