Sowing on hold as rain falls and falls yet again
WHAT a different season we are having this year.
The early rains have now turned to wet, wet, wet.
We have received almost 100 millimetres (ml) of rain for each of April and May and up to mid June another 14ml.
We have not been able to finish sowing because the paddocks are saturated.
Barley that was sown in the last week of May before the last big rain has been drowned in the lower areas.
We still have peas to go in and we hope to sow these before the end of June if we can string together a few fine days.
We will consider alternative crops for sowing in August or perhaps before, into those paddocks that would have been sown to barley.
All our wheat is handling the wet conditions in most parts except for the very low areas that are sitting in water.
There have been few weeds up until now and the canola has been slow due to some insect damage.
We haven’t had to spray for this as the TM Agriculture (TM Ag) has kicked in and the plants have recovered.
There will be a post spray re- quired on about 100 hectares to control volunteer cereals.
This may have to be by plane if the ground doesn’t firm up enough to allow for a land application.
There have been a few district canola crops that have suffered severe damage due to cutworm, lucerne flea and red legged earth mite, but fortunately the TM Ag applications seem to be keeping them at bay on our crops.
We have sold all last season’s wheat and still have about 100 tonne of barley still to move.
The transport side of things has really slowed down, so I will be home more than I have been.
This will give me a chance to check on the TM Ag crops that have been sown by our customers and record any of the findings – hopefully all good.
On the sports front, the Picola United Football & Netball League are having another mixed year with some sides showing great improvement and others struggling.
We’ve found it pretty difficult to get to the footy this year – it seems grandkids need minding – but we always make sure we know what has happened.
We still seem to be on the rosters, so we still need to be there sometimes.