What to look for in March

The hours of daylight are getting longer, the grass is growing and spring has arrived. Dairy herds are out in the fields again by day.

Young cattle let out after a winter spent in the yard are pleased to be out.

A few days of dry weather and the countryside will be humming with the sound of tractors as farmers get on with field work. There are potatoes to be planted and wheat crops to be sown.  This complicated looking machine behind the tractor is a seed drill.  The drill creates a groove for the wheat seeds, drops them in and covers the seeds with soil, all in one pass across the field.  To read more click here.

Grass fields need to be rolled ready for the first cut of silage.  Pulling a heavy roller over the fields flattens out any bumps and leaves a smooth surface for the mower when the time comes to cut the grass. See more here.

In the west of the county, there are bright yellow fields of daffodils. When the flowers have gone over, the bulbs will be lifted, sorted and packed ready to go on sale for gardeners to buy.

There are splashes of yellow in the hedgerows too.  Primroses are out. There is frogspawn in the streams.  Sure signs of Spring.

Have you ever wondered how the milk you pour on your breakfast cereal gets to you from the farm?  To find out click here. There’s a tasty recipe for breakfast as well.