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Wolds farmer creates crops tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Among the various tributes to Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Driffield and the Wolds was an etching of the late monarch’s cypher in a field in Southburn.

This was created on the morning of the Queen’s funeral by JSR Farms assistant manager for arable Will Jones who took time out of the busy drilling season to show an artistic side to farming.

The stunning end product was photographed by Will using his drone and has since been shared extensively, including by the BBC on social media.

He told the Wolds Weekly he was pleased he made the last-minute decision to pay his respects to Her Late Majesty.

“I only decided to do the tribute on the morning of the funeral,” he said. “We were debating whether to have the day off, as we knew how important it was.

“However, we are in the middle of the drilling season to get next year’s crops in.

“I said to the lads that they could have the day off, but they were more than welcome to come in as well.

“I got them all set off on the morning and decided to create the tribute. One of my uni friends had done one the day after the Queen passed away.

“We had a spare tractor and it came out well. The tractor had a small cultivator on it and I went into the field and used a photo I got off the internet as my guide.

“In the fields, we have tramlines, which are what the sprayers follow and they gave me a straight line.

“I used these for the E and the R, and the rest of it was done by cutting a little bit, pacing it out and having a look.

“Towards the end, I put my drone up, just to make sure it looked okay. I made a few tweaks to it and I was pleased with the outcome.

“It was nice to see the BBC give me a mention on Twitter, which I wasn’t expecting at all.

“I use my drone frequently on the farm, taking photos of the work that is going on and sending them to publications.

“I also use it to map out weeds in the fields which helps when crops come into the fields after winter.

“It’s a really handy tool.”

The tribute will remain in the field until next March when work recommences in the field.

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