Farming Matters: Blown about in the wind

Flooded yard at Gollins Agricultural Contractors in Ford in February 2014. Picture shows tractor driver Steve Miles.
Flooded yard at Gollins Agricultural Contractors in Ford in February 2014. Picture shows tractor driver Steve Miles.
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Farmers traditionally talk a lot about the weather, and you can’t blame them as it plays such a vital part in their day to day livlihood.

So the current storms and winds are causing not a little concern, as well as evoking memories of last year’s floods.

The Somerset Levels suffered hugely, but even around the Vale we had floods.

And at the yard of agricultural contractor Pete Gollins in Ford, many expensive farm machines stood in water last year.

Over recent days we have seen a lot of heavy winds, so it pays to be tidy if sheets and cans and other debris are not to be found blown about the farmyard.

The main problem is damage to buildings, with roof sheets or slates coming off.

The weather doesn’t affect indoor animals too badly, but they can still be spooked if a sudden loud noise, like crashing tiles or doors, occurs near to them.

Out in the fields the problem is trees falling down and breaking fences.

But if the ground is wet, then there’s no chance of getting a tractor out there any time soon.

Arable crops should be able to endure the bad weather, winter crops are pretty resilient, and still small and short at this time of year, although water logging could be a problem if it carries on for too long.