Getting a little dry


Mixed Farmer
I know I know not as dry as Australia, but for growing good wheat 5 mm of rain so far this month following an exceptional dry winter is not go to be filling the barn, let's just hope we get a 15mm-25mm before the end of the month.
Every year in the east mids we see to have a spring drought now.
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Mixed Farmer
Luckily we have had 25mm of rain in the last week. More than forecast.

Spring barley is starting shift.

But it was damn cold today and last night.

Not done T1 on wheats yet and no rush to do then either.

This is barley on Sunday morning after first drop of rain. It’s romped on since.

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snarling bee

Arable Farmer
We,ve had a massive 81mm for the first 3 months of this year!!!:(:banghead:
I prefer it dry, unless the ground cracks in April then its not so good. Looks like that might happen this year. (the cracks have only just closed from last year).
All ponds around here are as low as they normally are in the summer.

mixed breed

Mixed Farmer
I hate to say it but some rain is needed here too, dairy cows have been out 3 weeks on Friday, (15-20th April turnout is the norm) during that time we've had only two seriously cold wet days when they wanted to come back in.

Crops are generally looking well, but the spring sown cereals are starting to look like they need a drink.

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...