Here in the
we are feeling the tail end of hurricane Katia, it has swept across the Atlantic
and it is clipping across northern with 70 mph winds. For us
down in the midlands (30 miles North West of Birmingham) we have had reportedly
50 mph wind. This is very rough weather for us with the temperature still mild
for the time of year, think the average temperature this last month has been
around 24C. (75F) It may have just touched a high of 30C. (86F.) and down to a low of 18C. (64) England
As have mentioned before, we have been the driest area of Britain for the last three months, this last week we have had some sharp long shower that has greened the grass up for the cattle. As the clouds come in from the west they seem to be parted by the highest mountain in
Snowdonia and then any rain clouds track north and south of us, were left high
and dry. (well not very high) Wales
We have an area of peat ground that been a god send for us, having mown it in late July for bale silage, and since has been grazed by the cows with calves.
Another thing , we are only 240 foot above sea level, the small village stream runs into the river Sow near the local town, then on into the river Trent all heading East and all slow flowing. ( sometime think if there were a very high tide, it would back up the rivers all the way back to the
Here in UK if we get a bit of snow it stops all the traffic, that’s town/city traffic folk do not respect the fact they cannot stop, (until the cars bounce off each other ) we moan if its too wet, moan if its too dry but in fact we should be grateful for living in such a mild and pleasant climate.
I have never realised how other farmers suffer and endure such extremes of weather, the very high temperatures and very low, the hurricanes and tornadoes, until I got to converse with other farmer in US.
If I drive east two hours or west we fall in the sea, that’s if the motorway is not blocked by an accident, it is said that traffic will back up 25 miles in less than half an hour, then all side roads and short cuts get blocked by the volume of vehicles finding alternative routes and often half a day to get dispersed again.
Looking back to Maize, what is silking?, I know the silk tassels on the cob, but at what stage is the grain on the cob when you say it just silking,
Over here when the grains are at the cheesy stage the whole crop is cut for silage mainly to feed dairy cows.