Farmer Focus: Airport, autograph and a farewell

This will probably be my final article as an Arable Farmer Focus columnist, and it’s nice to complete on a optimistic be aware, with all of the autumn crops trying so effectively.

I’ve completely loved my time being a contributor and have loved sharing our trials and tribulations doing the job we love.

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In regards to the creator

Jack Hopkins

Arable Farmer Focus author

Jack Hopkins is farm supervisor on a 730ha AHDB Monitor Farm in north Herefordshire on predominantly silty clay loam soils. Cropping contains wheat, barley, oilseed rape, spring oats and peas, plus grassland that helps a flock of 1,000 ewes and 25 pedigree Hereford cattle.

It’s been nice to offer an perception into arable farming in Herefordshire, spotlight how entwined it’s with livestock farming and present how a blended farming operation enhances itself.

It’s additionally been good to listen to suggestions from farmers all through the county, commenting on how they loved studying the articles and the way good it was to examine topical points relative to our a part of the nation.

One of many funniest moments was bumping into a gaggle of Yorkshire lads in an Irish airport whereas on a stag do.

They ran as much as me holding a replica of Farmers Weekly and requested for my autograph! Nice craic and snigger have been had by all.

Again on the farm, the whole lot has emerged effectively and, with the delicate circumstances, has continued to develop.

This yr has additionally highlighted how a lot better the whole lot establishes with out massive volumes of rain in a brief interval instantly after planting.

The autumn drilling marketing campaign was accomplished on 18 October and this yr it felt like an actual sense of feat and feeling that we had executed one of the best job doable, massively helped out by the climate.

The oilseed rape has actually crammed out previously fortnight and the thinner ones at the moment are not so apparent.

The sphere moisture deficit is slowly creeping again up however we’re nonetheless 200mm of rainfall down on our common thus far.

An infrastructure challenge, placing in a 300mm drain, has highlighted how dry it’s at depth.

It does, nevertheless, nonetheless really feel very delicate for the time of yr, which is regarding relating to the chance of barley yellow dwarf virus within the cereals and the considered housing livestock.

Good luck and go effectively to my successor and thanks as soon as once more to everybody who has taken the time to learn my articles.