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NorwAy 489362 244 Crappy crops either
Crappy crops
We have had a bad fall this year and a lot of the barley is still not harvested. Last week we even got snow for a few days.. :-\
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The problem this year was that the spring was very dry so the barley was "stressed" (in lack of a better term..) As a result there is still a lot of green grains, and other grains have started to grow back out as you can see in my next picture..
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.. and this is no good.
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Because of this condition we were forced to harvest small parts of each field at a time, patiently waiting for the rest to be ready for harvest. Now we have had three weeks of more or less constant rain so the crops are definately lost, but there is a general shortage of silage in my area this year so we was hoping to baling the straw(?) however it doesn't look to good at the moment
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Fortunately the potatoes coped with the dry spring/summer alot better than the barley, and we were able to harvest most of the potatoes before it became too wet
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This is all the potatoes left in the field at the moment. Not too much, but yet.. I also spoke with two other local potato-farmers last night that still has 12 hectars of potatoes in the field.
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This is a recent photo taken yesterday. The soil in this part of the field has a high percentage of clay, and as you can see the soil is not able to absorb any more water
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Teletubby do you guys have any type of crop insurance to cover your losses.

Tony
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so i decided to fire up the ol' Deere an take the cases home off the field, and instead prepare for plowing
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Nothing Runs Like A Deere wrote:
Teletubby do you guys have any type of crop insurance to cover your losses.

Tony


Yes we have an insurance arrangement, but because of the way it is calculated (depends on how many % of the crops we were able to harvest, and also a factor based on the last three years average crops) there is no point in using it. This is a small farm and we have jobs outside the farm so the economical consequents are not that catastrophic, but none the less it's too bad to see it like this especially since the grain prices are quite high right now. I am 26 yo now, and I can't remember conditions this bad in those years
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Looks like you guys have had a tough season over there? I guess it wouldnt be the easiest place on earth to try & grow crops TT?

Regards,

TC ;-)
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Looks like a lot of bad luck. I've been there myself. Farming is always a gamble. Just like everybody else I think next year will be better. Keep you chin up.
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By all means, the last three or four years have been very good so I have nothing to complain about. If you can't handle a bad year you're in the wrong business.. :-P
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Yes thats right. It's when you get 2-3 or more bad ones back to back that things get into dire straits :-[
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Tele...feel sorry for you guys. Here se had a perfect year. Great yield off allmost everything and the prices are raising to the skies...next year....you never now its a gamble!!!

Keep up the good work!
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