Frosty nights: January hasn’t been a big month for work so far with field work largely confined to slurry, an amount of ploughing, slug pellet spreading and some spraying.

A few frosty nights has allowed some work to take place this week. I even noted that some growers seized the opportunity to roll cover crops to help with their destruction before spring sowing. The cold spell is certainly useful for aphid and BYDV suppression, although growers report that aphid numbers are low. But this temporary reprieve in the weather looks short-lived, as we’ll see the return of an Atlantic regime by the weekend.