Attention turns to paperwork now ploughing and seeding are finished
Published 01/11/2011 | 05:00
The ploughing is done, the seed is in the ground. The plough is all greased up to stop the boards rusting and can have a rest until next year. We just need to mind the crop for the year and hope that we will get a good yield at the end of it.
As well as seagulls and pheasants, we had lapwing and red kite to keep us company this year. I believe red kites have only recently been re-introduced back into Ireland, so they were a novelty.
Philip and myself had stiff necks and sore backs by the time we had finished the sowing.
I have to admit that after all those long days I was a touch crabby and sick of sandwiches and tea from a flask.
October had a bit of everything weather wise. It started off balmy and warm, and then we got a cold snap, followed by rain that was of biblical proportions.
When you are changing points on a plough on a frosty morning and you are handling cold steel it can chill you to the bone, but we were lucky enough to have finished our sowing before the downpour.
We didn't roll the last two fields, as they were not dry enough and we were afraid we would compact them too much. We have slug traps out to keep an eye on the slug activity on all fields but especially the ones we haven't rolled.