I was expecting Fraser to be really down with the recent weather and how the cropping year has gone so far, but actually found him to be pretty upbeat.
They have only cut about 5% of the crops but he tells me even in a good year they wouldn’t be much further ahead as the crops are not yet ready. So far they have managed to harvest some barley and oilseed rape between the showers and are now waiting for the wheat. Yields are just average after the extremes of weather; wet spring, dry early summer and wet for a month with not enough sun.
Fraser has bought some new Dairy Shorthorn and Friesian cows for the dairy herd. They have settled well and are producing much milk off their recently reseeded pastures.
The grain dryer and store has not started work as other local farmers have not begun cutting their crops due to the rain. At some point it will burst into life with grain everywhere. Our lovely Jess back from university for the summer is defecting to go and run the grain store. No doubt she will keep the farmers in order like she does us!
So summer may not be here in person but we can certainly put the taste of summer on your plate!