Looking ahead to winter
When the harvest comes to an end, what would you usually be planning for the coming months?
October is effectively the end to the pigeon shooter’s year if you run it alongside the farmer’s year (from autumn drill through winter, spring and harvest). This is an important time for me because I will be speaking with farmers about their winter cropping plans. Autumn drilling may be carried out, and in most cases the crop will be winter wheat. It is important to map your area so you know what crop is where, saving you time on reconnaissance.
With the three-cropping system and green cover crop rules, there may be some different crops being overwintered before spring drill — some of these crops could be the pigeons’ favourite, so make a note. It is also worth mapping the location of any overwintered stubbles. These can provide superb outings with volunteer crops and some of the pigeons’ favourite weeds coming through. TP
October is a good time to talk to farmers about their winter cropping plans