Flindt on Friday: This is how my final ever harvest went

What’s that? You need one other harvest assessment? Oh, all proper. If I need to. However bear in mind, this one is barely particular.

Let’s begin with the climate, in fact. We’ve by no means identified something prefer it. Twenty-six days of steady combining, which is a primary for us.

I caught sight of myself within the Terracan mirror one morning after doing a refuel and had a little bit of a shock – and needed to take my first ever “selfie” (I believe that’s what younger individuals name it).

When the rain lastly did come, it solely lasted a few days, and all of us had a little bit of a welcome break.

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Selfie of Charlie in his car

© Charlie Flindt

The bottom was onerous, which meant we may do corn cart over stubbles again to the barns with a transparent conscience – very useful because the sunken farm lanes get busier and busier yearly; throw in a few native constructing and civil engineering initiatives in full movement by means of the summer time, and with the ability to keep away from the lanes altogether was an actual bonus.

Everybody remained smiling and cheerful, even within the document warmth. Trinity Grain saved the lorries coming (simply) and we solely needed to cease early as soon as, however that wasn’t their fault.

Stress drop

I lastly labored out the best way to drive the Tucano correctly, and the experience obtained higher as soon as the header accumulator was dropped from over 100 bar to 25 bar.

We had a slight brown-trouser second with the diesel particulate filter, but it surely did imply the Claas lastly earned a reputation: Keith, as in Keith Flint, as in, ahem, “I’m the firestarter”.

All the things else ran very easily, so long as we saved blowing rads out. There wasn’t a single puncture – wonderful, taking into account the dry, rock-hard floor. No flat tyres, no oil leaks, no emergency elements runs. Fairly weird.

However what concerning the crops themselves? Properly, issues began reasonably, peaked, after which went downhill once more. (Keep in mind that the next yields are “dry and clear” weights from Trinity Grain, not “pub” or “regen” weights).

The winter barley was mediocre; half of it was drilled very late, the opposite half went in in higher time however in lots of locations misplaced the battle in opposition to blackgrass (on the nice land) and slugs (on the heavy land). It limped to a weary 2.31t/acre.

Hurrah for first wheat after beans, although. Good previous Gleam, coming in at an all-time document 4.11t/acre. Inevitably, protein dilution tousled the standard – annoying, particularly as I hadn’t performed a knee-jerk fertiliser cut-back.

We hurried into the second wheat, hoping for extra of the identical, and it was “as you have been”. I’m not going to embarrass myself additional with the ultimate yield, but it surely was considerably lower than 2t/acre, with simply the odd load promoted past the feed bin to avoid wasting a little bit of face.

After that debacle, the spring barley was a rip-roaring success at 2.1t/acre – and each lorry bar one went for prime grade Planet. And if we’re to consider what we learn within the enterprise pages, the premium ought to make up for any yield shortfall.

Doing a deal

All in all, if I’d sat down with the Good Lord for a Biblical Hobnob and the pre-harvest haggle, and He’d mentioned, “I’ll knock 12% off what you’ve submitted to Trinity Grain in alternate for trouble-free dry days, dry corn, fabulous straw gross sales, low diesel and drying prices,” I’d have bitten His hand off.

And if He’d mentioned, “Are you positive? Are you proud of that? In spite of everything, it’s your final ever harvest,” I might have informed Him that sure, I’m comfortable. That’s pretty much as good a means as ever to complete my arable farming profession.