Early Spring (Late August early September)
Coming out of the winter the plants begin to grow in two dimensions quite rapidly. Firstly more leaves emerge and a full coverage of the field is achieved. At the same time the flower stalk beings to develop and the green buds can be seen in the middle of the plants. At this stage fertiliser is applied to coincide with the rapid demands of the plants as the growth rate dramatically increases.
Again careful monitoring of the crop is carried out and any pesticides are strategically applied according to a strict management programme.