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Four seasons Spring

Spring
Silage being cut for beef and dairy stock. By the end of march winter fodder may be running low and farmers will be looking forward to getting the animals out to fresh grass.




Spring
Fresh grass at last for the dairy and beef herds that have over-wintered indoors. The first few days of spring grazing are full of excitement for the herd.




Spring
Silage making. Grass is cut and then chopped by a forage harvester which blows the grass into a trailer. This is transported to a clamp where it is compressed and sealed to make silage.




Spring
Supplementary feeding continues in upland and hill farming situations.




Spring
Lambing will be in full flow - this one has just been born.




Spring
Drilling peas in a dry spell. Good conditions herald the start of spring field operations.




Spring
April and may represent key months in the crop calendar with many crops growing vigorously. Weeds and diseases similarly flourish and these will need to be kept under check with an appropriate spray..




Spring
Fertilising a crop of spring barley. Nitrogen is not applied until it can be made good use of by the crop.




Spring
Winter wheat now exhibiting stem elongation and a closed canopy that allows the crop to out compete any weeds.




Spring
The strong yellow of the oil seed rape crop is present in the countryside in both April and may, dependant on whether the crop was a winter or spring sown variety.




Spring
The distinctive rows of the potato crop. Potatoes were first introduced into the UK about 400 years ago.




Spring
Fresh asparagus, a traditional delicacy.




Spring
Leeks are now in season.




Spring
Radishes are now in season although the majority of the new season vegetables are not yet in production. .




Spring
Apples and cherries are now in full flower. Over the past 30 years there has been a decline in the number of orchards in the UK although this trend is now gradually reversing.




Spring
The early stages of the dandelion "clock". Dandelions have been cultivated for both food and medicinal purposes for centuries.




Spring
The woodland floor springs into life.




Spring
Primrose on the woodland edge is now in flower. Most plants of the woodland floor flower early to take advantage of the light before the trees come into leaf.




Spring
Bluebells in full flower in coppiced woodland.




Spring
The first leaves emerge on the hazel understory in coppiced woodland.




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