BBC Radio 4 Farming Live

What happens when the harvest gets rained off? Caz Graham, from the BBC Radio 4 programme Farming Today, visited Overbury Farms to discover there's no time to stand around kicking your heels. Farm manager Jake Freestone took her on a tour of our 1,500 hectare farm and reveals what goes on when the combine is out of action.


The team had a look inside the grain store where the grain dryer has been fired up to reduce moisture levels in the wheat and barley. In an ideal world the sunshine would do that job, but after a week of scattered showers, many farmers are spending money on drying out their grain.

They also looked at this year's crop of straw - an essential by-product of arable farming which benefits the livestock. In the programme Jake explains how our straw is used as bedding for the sheep over winter.

Susan Twining from agricultural consultants ADAS joined Caz to discuss their latest UK harvest report, and progress nationwide.

Despite the rainy weather, Caz wasn't disappointed - she was still able to sit in the cab of a combine harvester...and turn the key!

Listen to the full programme and Jakes interview here.