I enjoyed a day out earlier this month, dual callings with Gary Sanderson. The main focus of the day was analysing crops of hybrid barley which have recently become more popular.
We visited several farms all of which had planted crops of barley. It was interesting to see how some crops were not at the same growth stages, even when they had both been sown at the same time. We discussed reasons as to why this might be, one being soil compaction resulting in less oxygen being readily available to the plants which are photosynthesising. Another reason was the fact that it has been so dry for many weeks so there is not enough water available for the plants to uptake.
From the day out with Gary I managed to get some content for our social media channels. This allowed me to create an Instagram reel, so that our viewers can see what hybrid barley looks like and what Forage Specialist's get up to during their out on farm. Video reels are a great tool to use as they are quick and engaging.