I look after a mate's 600 acre beef/sheep farm whilst he is on holiday. This week I have been up a few times just to get to grips with what has to be done after he leaves on Friday 29th. Over the last few years I have done this I have noticed the effects of the wetter climate (especially Scotland) we now live in. He used to grow both winter and spring cereals but now only spring barley mainly because the ground is so wet he cannot get it ploughed after harvest to get planting. Silage is normally in by his holiday time but there are fields still to be cut and there is a field with cut grass which is very wet and no doubt putting tractors in to lift the grass would have problems of cutting up the field and probably getting stuck. Wet silage creates more effluent which is not easy to dump without it seeping into waterways. Sheep are still to be clipped but with the almost constant rain their fleeces are never dry enough. Kale planting this year is very doubtful as the ground is just to wet to plough. Pasture grass is not as good as it should be resulting in poor milk to feed calves. The farm next door grows spring barley but I noticed it is quite yellowish probably due to wet and lack of heat.
Is this wet weather effecting your game shooting preparations . The place I buy my poults from is behind as he cannot get poults out to grass to harden off, game crops don't look as good as they should, work on new pens and other projects has been slow and I have not seen any wild chicks as yet, presumably washed out.