- The Barker Boys
- Cousins working together on our family owned farm with the aim of running a commercial modern farm producing high yielding, high standard crops while maximising wildlife diversity. Brian is said to be the farmer and conservationist, whereas Patrick is a conservationist and farmer. This mix has given a new direction for the farm, building upon the work that our fathers and grandfather has done to improve the overall success of the farm business. The farm has gone from strength to strength with the farm being recognised at a national level winning the coveted National FWAG’s Silver Lapwing Award for farming and conservation in 2009 and then Patrick and Brian were named Countryside Farmer of the Year by the Farmers Weekly in 2010.
Thursday, 27 September 2012
Farm Weather Station
Back in September 2011 I bought a weather station for the farm, weather has always intested me and I wanted to have up to date information about the climate right over the farm. I also bought the data logger so I could record it all on my computer, this would make farm spray day predictions easier and allow traceability about what the weather was when chemical were applied on the farm if there was ever a problem!
What a year to start it on, this shows the strange weather we have had and how it affected the growing seasons. Sept, Oct and Nov warm and dry causing the herbicides to be less effective leading to weed problems in Spring. The Winter was realitively mild with only a few hard frost which allowed aphids to live and move all winter carrying plant and animal viruses. The Spring was VERY wet and warm which created the perfect conditions for disease growth on the crops and the Summer was short lived with little sun and high rain levels.
All in all a facinating piece of equipment and well worth the money if cost. Our weather interest has been increased and now we learn about the full chart predictions from Simon Keelings web casts posted by him each day. http://www.weatherweb.net/wxwebtv2.php A very detailed weather prediction that was pretty much right all through harvest.