Today’s stimp was 9’ 3”, not at all bad given the greens have only been cut or rolled each day - for faster greens we would do both.

One of the downsides of rolling, particularly when the greens are soft, is that they ‘pan’ i.e. they tend to seal over and can flood briefly in heavy rain.  August has been quite damp, including this week:  we have had close on an inch of rain in the past 7 days - two thirds of which fell last Friday.

‘Panning’ is not a real problem - it can easily be sorted by solid tining - but we have a County match next Sunday and don’t want to risk spoiling the surface, so it’s been left until the greens maintenance week starting on the 17th of September.  The near-term forecast is quite dry.

The main activity this week is that finally Gavin has been able to cut the hay.  Persistent rain has delayed that for the last two weeks, but the very hot and dry weather forecast over the weekend was too good an opportunity to miss.  The farmer has now come in to turn the material to hasten drying, which will be followed by the baler and subsequent collection.  At first sight the crop looks heavy, which will offset the lower nutritional value of the crop being taken late.  Advice on how the Rules govern the various stages of the harvest has been circulated. 

Alan Wood