30 April 2021

Rainfall in 2020

As usual, we show you annual rainfall data for our area. These data are very located (La Alberca de Záncara - Cuenca), but we think that the precipitation pattern could be applicable to the central area of Spain (the northern and southern zones have considerably more rainfall throughout the year).   

As a preview, we can consider 2020 as a very good year in terms of rainfall. It started raining in March and practically did not stop until the end of the year. In total it was 602 mm (only the year 2010 exceeds it), as it can be seen in the history of the last 21 years. The average rainfall in recent years rises to 470 mm. November was a very rainy month (140 mm) and we were able to sow with perfect soil conditions. April and May produced a very good cereal crop, although in some cases rust damaged some fields due to the humidity caused by so much rain... the farmer has to be alert and if possible treat with fungicides.

If we focus on rainfall by season, we can see that on this occasion the rainiest season has been spring (normally it is usually autumn or winter). As we mentioned before, the spring was quite rainy and there was a very good harvest (plots of Planet barley up to 7,000 kg/ha... you can see it in this video).

The spring of 2021 is being also very rainy (67 mm only in April), so another good harvest is expected... it is still too early to talk because there are still many nights before the combine harvester starts working.

15 April 2021

Virtual farm fairs

These days, it is very common to see traditional agricultural fairs being postponed or even canceled due to this damn pandemic. As it is impossible to be present at events where there are supposed to be a large number of visitors, manufacturers have turned the premiers into digital trade fairs as the only option to show their machines to reach farmers... because it is clear that farmers like to see and touch before buying. Therefore, in one format or another, it is essential to show the product so that it can be sold later. 

One of these examples is the fair that CNH is holding these days under the name Youniverse. It is very well done and allows you to see the entire catalogue of machinery, tractors and implements of the brands New Holland, CaseIH and Steyr. For example, we also frequently attend press conferences where new tractor models are presented. If a little over a year ago it was a face-to-face event where the excitement of the launch of new tractors was experienced (after many hours of work), nowadays it is normal to watch it from home sitting in front of the computer. 

Another example of virtual fairs is offered by the French company Agriconfor. They have managed to develop a 360° Scan where you can see the whole machine as if you were stand in front of it... The technology used has caught our attention and we liked it very much, so we would like to share it with you in the following examples: 

Versión en español.