Tillage Diary: Getting ready for fertilising with the dry days ahead


The good weather has Gary feeling happy and get ready to do some fertilizing.

Tillage Diary: Getting ready for fertilising with the dry days ahead

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The good weather has Gary feeling happy and get ready to do some fertilizing.

tThe weather eventually took a turn for the better. It might only be a couple of days but it's great to have heat in the day and to see land starting to dry again and country greening up.

As land dries we will be starting to get fertiliser out 0/7/30 was put down the spout when drilling so corn has held well. We spread for a few customers that didn't combi-drill and there is a slightly nicer colour in our barley. Where corn wasn't combi-drilled land is mostly getting 4 bags of 10/5/25s or a very similar compound. This was first to be spread. I will spread all the winter barley and winter oil seed rape on Saturday, it will allow the land to soak and I am hoping 3 days drying is enough to save me doing too much harm.

All fertiliser is spread with a trailed bredal and while it has a light footprint if the tractor sinks even a small bit the spreaders big wheels can drag a little if the ground is very soft.

All the ground combi-drilled will be getting 2.4 bags of 7/8/25 with sulphur. This will bring all land up to 16.8 nitrogen, 33 phosphorus and 110 potash . I would like a small bit more p but I would be putting on to much k so I am still happy at 33. I hope to follow up with more nitrogen with sulphur in around 14 days.

Crops are still reasonably clean with only small bits of mildew on the bottoms leaves of the oats.

We have two sprayers, one is kept mostly for roundup and left on the wider wheels. It was pulled out and got a full greasing, all nozzles and filters checked and all electrics checked. Luckily there was no major problems. Some stubbles and a field of old ley were burnt off in ideal conditions for spraying and hopefully with the heat in the day there will be a good kill on any green cover.

Tams has eventually been announced and there are no real surprises. One thing I noticed that I didn't think would be on it is a tank for filling a sprayer, we will be looking into this as we have a lot of roof space which would be ideal for rain water harvesting.

In the machinery end a drill and disc harrow will also be looked at.

Kellys of Borris had there 60 th anniversary this week and we went down for a few hours. We have purchased a couple of second hand deutz fahr combines from them and we always received good service from them. It was amazing to see so much machinery in the one dealers yard, nevermind the value of it all. With machines ranging from €1000 up to over €300,000 you wouldn't be too long spending any money you might think you have !!!!

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