It's been a quiet enough week harvest wise. The start of the week was spent checking seed barley crops for wild oats and hand roughing any wild oats, luckily enough there weren't to many and we moved through fields quickly.
The rest of the keely seed oats was loaded onto lorries and sent down to Goldcrop in Cork. We were happy with how it yielded and it's quality, with an average yield of 3.8 tonnes per acre at 20% moisture and a bushel of 55. Straw crops are baling up well with an average of 10 round bales per acre, showery weather has meant we still have some to bale but hopefully a good day Saturday we see it all baled up.
Once the weather settled mid week the combines made a move again. The oil seed rape was first priority and we are happy with the yield. It did 1.7 tonnes per acre at 9.5% moisture, this is good considering it was our first year with the crop and it was difficult cutting with a nice bit lodged. It is definitely a crop that will be in our rotation, especially with the current prices and also the forward prices for next year that are on offer. We chopped the headlands and one of the smaller fields, hopefully this will help the poorer ground. Half the straw was baled in big squares but showers stopped progress, hopefully it will be finished before the rain on Sunday.
The first field of Costello winter wheat was cut on Thursday, it averaged 4.1 tonnes per acre, this was second wheat and we are not sure if it got some take all or if the skulls of hills burnt in quickly but whichever it was it affected yield a small bit. The straw was baled up on Friday evening and averaged 4.5 8x4x4 bales per acre.
Jb Diego is next and is on heavier land, this should help with the yield, it will be ready to cut mid next week.
The spring barley harvest has started locally on some of the early sown crops on lighter land, there are no yield reports yet but it looks to be have a good bushel with nice big grain. The problem at the moment is crops are ripening very uneven which is a little frustrating. We tried one early field we have but it was at 22% moisture so it will be left for another couple of days.
On the hire work side most mornings have been spent baling and wrapping, grass growth is still very good and dairy farmers are busy taking out paddocks to keep there rotation right while also making some very good feed for the winter.
The big square baler has also been busy, one customer who had a lot of barley and oatin straw on the ground was glad when we got it baled up before more rain, straw can be frustrating in broken weather, the problem is when straw gets wet it normally needs to get turned to get it dry. Straw does not like being turned more than once especially oatin straw, so it's normally better to leave it alone until you are sure of a couple of good days and spread out for three or four hours before it's raked back in and baled. The problem at the moment is that good drying days don't seem to happening to often.
Hopefully next week we will be finished winter wheat and have made a good start at the spring barley