#FromTheField - Spelt is growing swimmingly

The latest update from the field!

The rain has soaked in beautifully as we’d hope on soil under no-till. Couple of photos
— John

John gives the collective a view of the field, and explains the context for the next decision - should we apply nitrogen fertiliser?

The spelt looks good and is really starting to motor. We need to decide whether we want to apply some nitrogen fertiliser. I was talking to Richard the agronomist about this yesterday and his thoughts were that if we don’t apply any, then we’ll have a very disappointing harvest. He’s recommending applying 50kg/hectare of urea now (approx. cost £20/hectare) which will give it a bit of oomph and help it grow away from the few weeds which are appearing. There is not much sign of the clover/trefoil yet, they should make an appearance now the soil is wetted through. The urea should help them get away too. Over to the collective on this decision...
— John
The view of #OurField

The view of #OurField

We have unfortunately got some rather wide rows as you can see. The spelt blocked some of the metering mechanism...I don’t think it’ll hurt it too much, but may allow more weed growth. In the top photo you can see some sow-thistle coming. There are a few other broad-leaved weeds, but if we spray them off then we’ll wipe out any clover/trefoil under-storey, so we’ll keep an eye out for what comes.
— John
Phoebe Tickell