Look­ing ahead to win­ter

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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

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