Gary Roe is back with his popular tillage diary. He's busy with winter oats and sizing up a new machinery purchase.
The farm machinery show was the big event at the end of last week . It is always an event that we look forward to.
The show seems to be getting larger every year along with some of the machinery at it .It is in a good location and very easy to access.
We had a few machines that we wanted to have a good look at and also talk to the manufacturers. It was easy get around and also easy to get talking to people on the stands. It is a lot more laid back than the ploughing and the reps on the stands are more helpful as they have more time to go through machines.
A slurry tanker and disc harrow were the two main machines we are interested in.
We are hoping to go to a larger twin axle tank as a lot of slurry is now being transported longer distances. A trail and shoe is also being specified as I think the splash plate may be banned in the future. We had one brand in our head on the way up but on the way home another brand may be the front-runner.
Disc Harrows are changing every year along with the price. One make that we never had considered did make a good impression on us. A demo has been arranged for later in the spring.
There was big talk about tams for the tillage farmer, with some company's pushing their products on its expected announcement this week. However to no real surprise it has been put back again.
Overall it was an enjoyable day and everybody we got talking to said; how good a show it was.
In the workshop the dung spreader is back from being sand blasted and resprayed. It's getting new lights ,decals and tips on the rotors and hopefully by this time next week it will be dirty and not as new looking .
We got some ploughing done and land is coming up very nice . It's good to get the plough set up to a high standard as the local ploughing match is on this weekend. There is a farmer/contractor class that we enter, it's a bit of fun and gives the winner 'bragging' rights for the year.
Winter oilseed rape is clean and will hopefully get its first bit of compound next week.
Winter barley will be next, although it's not as urgent.
We have winter oats in two different plots about 15 km apart. One block is very advanced, it is nearly too strong and while it is still clean we are watching it closely and its fertiliser recommendation will be altered to suit. The second block is in higher ground and is half the height and, is at a stage I would much prefer to see.