Join Farmer Tom on his busy livestock (cows and sheep) and arable (crops like wheat, that make our bread) farm and watch how it changes from season to season!
“With the busyness of harvest now behind us, our minds as farmers turn to next year’s crop. At this time of year one of the jobs is to spread manure on the ground. The manure (or ‘muck’ – it’s a mixture of straw and poo) comes from the cattle yards after the cattle spent the winter housed in the warm, and protected from the worst of the weather. We clean the yards after they’ve gone out to pasture in the spring, and put the manure in a heap on the farm to rot down a little bit, much like a gardener might do – it’s a type of compost really. After harvest, with the fields clear of crops, and before we plant the seeds for next year, we spread the manure on the ground.
“The manure is packed full of nutrients that the plants need to grow, and also contains lots of healthy bacteria and fungi which is important for soil biology; it’s basically super health food for the soil and plants. The seeds that we plants later in the autumn, will grow up to become plants, and those plants will be able to use the nutrients from the manure to help them grow healthy and strong. Nature is full of cycles like this!” – Farmer Tom
In late October, the wheat should have been sewn in the field and will start to emerge from the ground. Unfortunately, due to a very wet autumn, Farmer Tom has been unable to do sew his wheat.
The weather didn’t improve during the winter and remained wet. See how this has affected Farmer Tom’s wheat field.