Meadows were cut and saved in four days but a silage shortage still likely
A couple of winters ago we recorded a temperature of -20C. A couple of days this past fortnight the same thermometer recorded temperatures above 33C. Who would have thought that you could have a variation of over 50C in this country?
The land is really drying out with lots of burnt patches showing up in most fields and they are getting bigger by the day. Grass is starting to get very tight but stock are happy and contented.
Touch wood, we are blessed with a really good water supply. A good few years ago we upgraded our field supply. We put inch-and-a-quarter pipe to take the water to a central point down the fields and then dispersed it around to the troughs with an inch pipe. So all stock at the moment have plenty of water.
Like most people who tried, we succeeded in saving excellent hay this year. Most of it was cut and baled in four days, something we would never have done before and only heard about on the Continent. But the most pleasantly surprising part of it is that meadows were extremely heavy.
We have cut some of our second cut silage and it also returned pleasing yields in that it was actually heavier than the first cut.
Despite this, we are still a long way short of securing enough winter feed. And I'm not holding out too much hope for the main second cut silage which is wilting in the field instead of growing.
I know things can change quickly but, in my opinion, this weather looks very settled. I have to be honest and say that I would welcome a shower of rain but we had enough of that for long enough and I can live quite happily with the sunshine ... for now.
One field of spring barley that was doing well all year and is in cooler land is looking very promising at this stage.