Bar­ley takes a hit as the rain con­tin­ues to fall

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - News -

THERE is still a re­luc­tance to de­clare the sea­son “too wet”!

We haven’t had such good mois­ture since the early 1980s, so we don’t want to chase it away. For­tu­nately we have only recorded 35 mil­lime­tres in the month be­tween mid-June and July and it did dry out enough for us to sow 120 hectares of bar­ley on lighter ground at Barmah East, but here on the home place our pad­docks are still so wet that it is im­pos­si­ble to drive even a ute on them.

We have man­aged to spray some wheat to con­trol wild oats and rye grass and the canola was sprayed for weed con­trol and top dressed with urea at 50 kilo­grams per hectare.

We are about to ap­ply another 50 litres per hectare of UAN onto the canola and a low rate on wheat crops.

The bar­ley that we were able to sow be­fore it be­came too wet.

Gen­er­ally the wheat crops are look­ing very good, but the bar­ley has taken a hit.

We had sown 200 hectares, but the ex­treme wet has left us with about 30 per cent that is worth per­se­ver­ing with.

The canola strug­gled through the wet, but it is begin­ning to move along a bit now that things have dried out a lit­tle.

We are at­tend­ing a two-day event in Wodonga at the end of July which will cover soil health and nu­tri­tion.

This event will be cov­ered by two ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ters on these sub­jects and it is al­ways in­ter­est­ing to lis­ten.

As farm­ers we are al­ways on the look­out for up­dates in tech­nol­ogy and any cost sav­ing as­so­ci­ated with it.

Our trans­port side of things has slowed down since the clo­sure of Se­lect Agrifeeds in Moama.

The new own­ers have shifted all the plant and equip­ment from Moama to Bal­larat.

This has ef­fec­tively slowed us down to some grain and canola meal de­liv­er­ies.

I al­ways think that when one door closes another will open, so we are on the look­out for the next door.

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