Tillage Farming: Silage Season


Busy week for Gary this week with baling, wrapping and drawing silage. Silage season is well and truly on.

Tillage Farming: Silage Season

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Busy week for Gary this week with baling, wrapping and drawing silage. Silage season is well and truly on.

What a busy two weeks it has been. Last week saw a big rush at silage, we had some baling and wrapping to do along with some long draws of silage with some other contractors.
The long draws are usually a last minute call looking for a tractor and trailer but some give notice and we are able to plan.
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We were very busy on Thursday and Friday also trying to get as many of the wild bird covers sown before the weather broke on Saturday.
After a few very late nights we had most done, luckily enough as some ground wouldn't have been dry enough to sow this week after Saturdays rain.Â
This week was a little more hit and miss with showery weather, the promise of a dry Tuesday and Wednesday didn't happen and we spent time dodging showers to get work done.
We were sowing grass seed and kale for customers and finishing a couple of bird covers, as well as a very late night/early morning drawing grass before Thursdays rain.Â

The sprayer was busy and we were all up to date on spraying last Friday, both customers and our own spring barley had received their weed spray as well as wild oat spray in some fields. We held a little later on the weed spray as there were still some small weeds only showing at the start of last week. Hopefully the spray will have worked well on both the bigger and smaller weeds and with spring barley pushing on the canopy will now cover out any emerging weeds.Â
All winter barley has received its final spray also.Â
The plan on Tuesday was to start t1 on spring barley but the weather didn't help. Wednesday was meant for winter oats head spray and the t2 on the wheat but showery weather meant we only the final spray on the oats. The timing of this is crucial as we want the head half out and luckily enough we got the timing.Â

Thursday was a wash out so the day was spent in the shed on general servicing and office paperwork.
Luckily Friday turned into a good day again and all the early spring barley received its t1. Though more importantly the wheat received its t2, as this is the crucial spray to control disease in this mild wet weather.Â

All Crops are looking very well and most are clean from disease. Spring barley is a little concerning with tipping on some leaves, more than likely a virus but hopefully the t1 and the good growing weather will help push the crop on.Â

"Wet and windy May fills the barns with corn and hay" , let's hope it's happens this year and we will have a good a harvest to help lift the spirits in a very low tillage sector.

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