It’s hard to believe that we are now desperate for water, given the oversupply that we had from last harvest to this spring. It certainly seems to have completely disappeared now. Looking at the forecast, there is always a slight chance of rain in two weeks’ time, but that always seems to evaporate by the time you get there.

The first cut of silage on 11 June was better than expected, but there isn’t much regrowth due to the drought. Our earliest-sown (7 April) spring barley looks quite well, despite my best attempts to kill it off. I decided to top-dress it with slurry in the middle of a two-week heatwave in May.