As Easter approaches, one of the main jobs I will be doing on the farm is putting fertiliser on the fields. We grow three different kinds of crops: grass, maize and beet; but the farm operates mainly as a dairy farm and what we harvest goes towards feeding our 130 head of cattle.

During the winter, we use grass as a cover crop on our fields and harvest it once before mainly planting maize as a summer crop. This means we apply fertiliser early on in the year for it to be effective for the first cut, usually planned for the second half of April.