Barley takes a hit as the rain continues to fall
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.