What a difference a year makes. This time last year we were making the wrong decision in persisting to sow winter cereals in poor conditions and preparing to keep the seed for sowing at the first opportunity in the spring. The opportunity came in February but we shouldn’t, with the benefit of hindsight, have taken it.

The other day, I was disappointed but not surprised to be told that my seed wheat, which yielded well over 4.5t/ac had failed its germination test and so I would lose my seed bonus. It was a new variety, which is a chance I have been willing to take down the years, usually with good results but not this difficult year.