Farmer Focus: A trip to Uzbekistan and need for rain


We not too long ago had a welcome break from the farm and travelled for 12 days in Uzbekistan.

We arrived in Tashkent, flew to Nukus and then overland throughout the steppe to what stays of the Aral Sea and then again to Tashkent by way of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. 

You will most likely recall the environmental disastrous story of the Aral Sea out of your geography classes.

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About the writer

John Pawsey

Arable Farmer Focus author
John Pawsey is an natural farmer at Shimpling Park in Suffolk. He began changing the 650ha of arable cropping in 1999, and additionally contract farms an extra 915ha organically, rising wheat, barley, oats, beans and spelt.

Almost fully drained by the Soviets to feed their cotton enlargement in Uzbekistan, the ocean was significantly gotten smaller – from the fourth-largest on this planet to 10% of its measurement by 1997.

The remaining 90% of the ocean is now a salty desert and commonly distributes salt throughout the nation, inflicting farmers to flood their fields to desalinate them so as to stay productive.

However, from the home windows of our prepare as we travelled South and East, I may see some fairly handsome inexperienced wheat crops, in addition to numerous examples of newly established agroforestry. 

Looking across the farm on my return it was a aid to see our personal spring cereals rising, managing to cling on to some moisture after drilling.

However, we have now had no rain for a month now and a bathe could be very welcome.

After spring drilling was full, we managed to get all our winter crops inter-row hoed, in addition to our sheep grazing leys undersowed in our spring oats.

Because spring oats are extra aggressive than wheat or barley, we are able to sow grass and clover into them as quickly after drilling as we like.

Their competitiveness retains the ley out of the best way of the mix.

If undersowing in spring barley, we have a tendency to wait till development stage 31-32, as if sown any earlier it may be an issue with extra vigorous clovers rising out of the highest of the crop.

This would in any other case make harvest a little bit testing.


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