Iain Richards Blog

I provide integrated agronomy and support to growers across the central southern counties as well as contributing a regular column to Farmers Weekly.

Iain Richards Blog: Staying alert on several fronts

November 23, 2017

Dry weather, good light levels and reasonable temperatures through into mid-November have been just  the ticket. Our later drilled wheats – including most of those after maize – have gone into some really nice seedbeds. Our oilseed rape and cover… Read more

Iain Richards Blog: The joys of delayed wheat drilling

November 1, 2017

The driest spell since before harvest has really improved ground conditions over the past couple of weeks. As a result most of our later-drilled wheats have gone into better seedbeds than many end-of-September plantings on lower black-grass risk ground. Once… Read more

Iain Richards Blog: A fair finish and a good start

September 26, 2017

Although it failed to deliver on its earlier promise, courtesy of a very hot week in early July and an unbelievably wet August, we can’t really be disappointed with our harvest. We had very few winter rape crops over 4.5… Read more

Iain Richards Blog: South: A reminder of why we grow winter crops

June 30, 2017

The driest April for many years has reminded us all of the risks involved in spring cropping; especially so on thin ground and where too much soil is moved ahead of drilling. Despite going into good seedbeds with sufficient moisture,… Read more

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