They say every cloud has a silver lining!!? Well clouds are not what you want to see at harvest time! But the implications of a disastrous spell in August meant that there was a backlog of work to catch up with for everyone! And with that said we were
contacted by a local grower who had been informed by his contractor that there would be a lengthy delay in getting to him because of the weather issues and if he found anyone else who was available he should take advantage of that.
So with a phone call
we were looking at double our acreage from the previous year with some wheat and spring barley!
Unfortunately access to some of these crops was very tight as is normal in this area! So we removed gates and posts and widened entrances to suit! Also we
were kindly allowed through a horse paddock from a private homeowner who appreciated our dilemma!! At harvest time you do what ever is necessary to gather in the crops.
All of the crops we harvested including our own were up on yield and with a settled
spell of weather end of August and early September the moisture of crops came down to 16/17% and it was a very short busy spell for us .
As our crops were later this year we unfortunately lost the ability to run several combines together, as we normally
do, as Howard was away in America, and Friend Barry our other combine driver was catching up with his own harvest in Gloucestershire!!plus it's very unlikely to find anybody who at short notice might give up a couple of days to drive a combine that's approaching
50 years old has no cab!! Or any creature comforts that is commonly found today!!
So it came to be without the others I carried out the combining with the 525, which was a shame but that's farming I guess, and mother nature calls the shots!!And decisions
are solely based around her for sure!!