Sow­ing on hold as rain falls and falls yet again

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - News -

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.

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