Friday, 24 June 2011

wild oat pulling



 
a clean crop of wheat in Big Blackley
Last week - high tech farming. This week - old fashioned hand roguing wild oats. Walking up and down the field along the tramlines, pulling out wild oats. We do this in fields growing next year’s seed crop so that the wild oat seed isn’t harvested with the wheat and then spread across the field next year and it's not worth spraying as there are so few wild oats. It isn’t the most exciting job and I’m too easily diverted by the skylarks that fly up from the tramline ahead and then sing above us as we plod up and down.

 

2 comments:

www.daisyleyboxes.co.uk said...

Shame there wasn't a before and after photo.

Anne at Great Slamseys Farm said...

The only oats in that field were in a patch with hardly any wheat, so no way I was going to photograph that.