What to look for in October

The wet weather means dairy herds are already in their winter housing.  The rain has softened the ground and pasture can quickly become muddy and be spoiled under the cows feet.  Also grass loses its value as a feed as the days get colder and daylight hours less.  Dairy cows need to have a good nutritious diet to produce milk.

One field crop still left to harvest is the maize. That’s a job for October if the ground is dry enough. The tall green maize plants in the fields are the same as the sweetcorn we grow in the garden to eat but Cornish farmers grow it as winter feed for dairy cows.

Maize can grow to 2.5m tall.  A forage harvester cuts and chops the whole plant to make silage. It makes a tasty and nutritious feed for cows.  To read more, click here.

Pumpkins are harvested this month. If you are making a Halloween lantern, don’t forget that the pumpkin flesh you scoop out can make a delicious soup. You might like to try this recipe.