Friday, June 12, 2009

Seeding Update

It's good to have an early knock off every once in a while, and today just happened to be one of those once in a whiles. The reason for the early knock off was the weather again. There are more good rains forecast for the weekend but leading up to the front we have got strong north/north easterly winds blowing. It's really cold (that's a relative term for colder than it usually is) and because of the wind we couldn't continue with the spraying, which needs to happen before the air seeder. That's so the chemical can be Incorporated into the soil. When it gets too windy there is too much spray drift, which not only makes it far less effective, but also can drift into our neighbours paddocks and kill there new crops.

All up today we sprayed and sowed about 46ha of feed barley. The variety of feed barley we grow is Maritime. I sow it at the rate of 80kg/ha so it can compete heavily with any weeds that come up, in particular rye grass. Spraying is done before the air seeder, as with all the other crops, this time with paraquat, trifluralin and strada. I'm not sure what strada is or what it does. But it was recommended by our agronomist so we added it to the mix.

I'm not sure if we're going to get much done over the weekend with more weather forecast, but that wouldn't bother me, because it's also nice to take the weekend off once in a while.

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