There is not much more that we can do to set up the farm for the rest of the year. The last week of dry weather has let us finish the beans in good conditions – we were able to roll them and applied a pre-emergent herbicide for weed control. We have used a much higher seeding rate this year in a further attempt to smother out any competitive weeds, but remembering the trauma of last year, we will keep a close eye on the crop to prevent it being submerged under bindweed.

Last year, the crop also suffered from the severe drought in the April/May period, which had an effect on reducing the competitive ability of a cool moisture-loving crop like beans, especially when it was more open than ideal in a difficult year.