That weather window: At the start of the month there was great concern that this harvest would go on forever with considerable losses. While some suffered considerable losses, for most the loss only occurred on a proportion of crops and it was generally very variable and related to time of harvest and local weather. There was a level of yield loss but the overall harvest quantity is likely to be higher than had been previously estimated, but still shy of 2mt. Grain quality suffered towards the end but much of the total harvest was still very good.

Stubbles: Cleared stubbles open the opportunity for shallow cultivation. Getting at least one cultivation in a stubble will help germinate a proportion of the weed seeds near the surface – this year’s and from the soil seed bank. That means fewer problems for the future and less pressure on herbicides. And if there is not too much rain this week, conditions should be good for this job.