Rain Stops Play

25th July 2015
Under dramatic skies and brilliant sunshine the harvest has started on the Winter Wheat fields across Norfolk.
It's always a race against time, will the fine weather last, will there be enough hours in the day to get the crop in?

Sadly the rain has stopped play this week so anxious days ahead now await for the skies to clear once again.

I have learnt several new facts about harvesting this year, thanks to spending many a hour or more on my favourite Bintree farm. Ideally, crops must contain have a water content of 15% or less when harvested or else a significant drying process has to go underway until the ideal is achieved.

For me there is nothing more hypnotic than watching a golden crop, ripening under the summer sun, rippling and swelling like an expanse of golden sea in the prevailing winds.
Once the wheat is in it's followed by the rape seed and then the barley.

So busy times ahead but once the crops are in we may at least get to see more than just a head of the charismatic and curious Roe Deer.

Who knows what else currently lurking amongst the stalks?

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