TF1122 : Wheat on Bourne North Fen

taken 1 year ago, near to Dyke, Lincolnshire, Great Britain

Wheat on Bourne North Fen
Wheat on Bourne North Fen
Fields of Gold 2018
The Harvest of 2018 is interesting. We have had a long, dry and increasingly hot summer, and grain is being harvested earlier than usual. The early winter was dry, but a severe cold spell set in late with some snow. The reservoirs are low and we are short of water.

Despite the absence of summer rains it has grown well, and matured normally, at least in Lincolnshire, and might be a high quality, if low weight yield. Unlike other years there are no bald patches caused by cold, wet, or poor germination, and no areas beaten flat by thunderstorms.

I am concerned that this sort of summer may become more common, and after more such summers the harvest may never look like this again. So I have started a small photographic project to record what I can of 2018.

My effort was cut short by torrential thunderstorms on 27th of July, the first rain for at least 35 days.
The Fens
The Fens, also known as the Fenland, is a naturally marshy region in eastern England. Most of the fens were drained several centuries ago, resulting in a flat, damp, low-lying agricultural region.
A fen is the local name for an individual area of marshland or former marshland and also designates the type of marsh typical of the area, which has neutral or alkaline water chemistry and relatively large quantities of dissolved minerals, but few other plant nutrients.
Fenland primarily lies around the coast of the Wash; it reaches into four counties: Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and a small area of Suffolk, as well as the historic county of Huntingdonshire. In whole it occupies an area of nearly 1,500 sq miles.
Most of the Fenland lies within a few metres of sea level. As with similar areas in the Netherlands, much of the Fenland originally consisted of fresh- or salt-water wetlands, which have been artificially drained and continue to be protected from floods by drainage banks and pumps.
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 July, 2018   (more nearby)
Friday, 27 July, 2018
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Flat landscapes 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TF 1115 2202 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:47.0594N 0:21.2041W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TF 11153 22096
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