The official start of spring is different to different people…. we sure did talk/argue about it up one wall and down the other.
Some go for the first – others firmly in the 21 st of September camp.
One rule we could agree on was that we have three months of each – with a sudden change, not far short of miraculous, to the next season on the first days of September, December, March, and June.
But as we know that doesn’t always work and that spring is often the most changeable of all the seasons, Spring also brings the Spring equinox, this is when the day and night are of equal length.
Federated Farmers Arable Policy Advisor, Jade McCormick says the Spring Equinox is when some consider the real start of spring therefore falling to the astronomical calendar (rather than our 1 Sept meteorological calendar).
“From here on in, we’ll see longer days as we head towards summer, and this generally aligns with increased farming and growing activities – you’ll start seeing more plant growth from here. As I also understand it, those who adhere to biodynamic farming practices may also plan specific activities around this time of year, with certain lunar and astrological events preceding and following the equinox”.
Whether you’re a September 1st or 21st kind of person when it comes to the official start of spring, rest assured the weather won’t necessarily go along with either, this September we saw lots of water and wind, the seasons certainly please themselves.
CAPTION this year our Arable team got some cracking shots of the Equinox at 7:20 on Thursday 23rd.