Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Feeling at little Flat

The heavy rain and high winds are starting to have an effect on the wheat crops on Bredon Hill. This is a field called Elmont, (the field that grew the Soisson wheat that we milled in 2005) it is a variety called Zebedee, unlike the cartoon character this will NOT spring back up!! At least we are not the only ones to suffer. The down sides to fields like this are many. The worst worry is the deterioration of the quality, this wheat should end up in buscuits, but with much more rain could be downgraded to animal feed wheat. There will also be a yield penalty, as the weight of each grain is reduced and the combine will struggle to pick up all of the ears of grain on the floor! A farm managers and combine drivers nightmare.

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