Straw is the stalk or stem of certain species of grain, wheat, barley etc. Hay is dried grass.
SOIL & CLIMATE
As organic farmers we make great
efforts to manage our soil. We treat the soil as a living
thing, whereas conventional farmers treat it as a dead
thing. Soil is, essentially, the ecological base for
much over-ground life. Because we manage our soil organically,
we should have higher levels of earthworms and therefore
the nutrient supply to crops should be higher.
Burwash Manor Farm sits up to 180
feet above sea level.
Most of our soil is heavy boulder
clay, or sandy clayloam and we also have small areas
of chalk loam that is rich in nutrients and retains
mositure well in a dry year - this allows for intensive
arable cropping of good grass growth.
As with most of the UK the prevailing wind is South
Westerly. Our average rainfall varies between 20 inches
p.a. and over 30 inches p.a. (and some years most of
it seems to fall in July and August!).