- Peas - Kaspa
- Wheat - Correll (this will be replaced with Durham wheat - Hyperno)
- Wheat - Kukri (this will be replaced with Correll wheat)
- Feed Barley - maritime
Another consideration taken in the decision to go into durham was the ease at which we can manage nitrogen levels in the crop in order to reach target protein levels in the grain to achieve the durham grades (the grain has to have high protein to make the grade or else ya don't get much for it). For starters we generally get high protein in our wheat, up around the 13 -14%. The durham will be sown into pea stubbles which generally fix nitrogen in the soil which gives it a great start. We can also apply extra nitrogen really easily later on in the crop stage if/when we need to. Urea is often used to increase nitrogen (or N) levels, but timing the application with rain is very important with urea (which is a granular fertilizer that is spread on the crop with some sort of spreader). I use EasyN or UAN (that 2 different names for the same thing) which is a liquid form of nitrogen. I set it up a few years ago with a dedicated UAN tank and upgraded transfer pump with plumbing to draw from both the UAN tank and a water tank. This pump is used for filling our boom spray for all spraying operations. The boom spray has been fitted with streaming fertilizer nozzles specifically for the UAN. So using the boom spray it is easy to apply basically any rate of nitrogen quickly and without absolute dependence on rain at the time to "wash it in". Hence getting protein levels right in durham shouldn't be too hard. Especially with such an expert agronomist keeping an eye on things for us.
It wasn't until the seed arrived at the rural shop that we found out it was in a 1 tonne bulka bag. We are used to buying new seed in 20 or 25kg bags, which are much easier for us to manage as we have no equipment that would actually be able to lift a full tonne of anything off anything. After much careful thought and consideration we came up with a plan to place the bulka bag on its side in the back of the tipper ute. There is a hole in the bottom so just open that up and pour it into a hopper and auger it into an empty silo... Easy! Well the emptying bit did turn out to be really easy...