A lift in the weather would do nicely for the wheat harvest
Published 09/08/2011 | 05:00
I record the 7:55am Met Eireann weather forecast every morning. I have three weather apps on my phone, Irish weather, Met Check and Ask Moby. Unfortunately, they never seem to agree.
This time of the year we are obsessed with the weather -- so much depends on it. We can rewind and listen as often as we like to the recorded forecasts.
But what I want to know is what time exactly is "this afternoon" or "this evening".
We wanted to go spraying last week to burn off the headlands and fields with a scutch grass problem. Despite all the forecasting technology, we found the best way to work out whether we should go spraying or not was to look out the window.
The crops are looking particularly clean this year, except the one field with scutch grass. The Cheetah we used this year to control wild oats seems to have worked really well.
We used it at 0.7L/ha, which resulted in no spring- germinating wild oats, which we normally would have. We sprayed with a generic glyphosate and we found it slow to work.
However, we have spoken to a neighbour who used Roundup Gold and he said it was slow to work too, so I think it was more down to the weather and crop conditions than the products. We sprayed off all our barley to help even up the crop before harvest, which left it much easier to bale.
We also went out twice with growth regulator in the barley as we were concerned about it standing. In hindsight, it may not have needed both and we have slightly less straw because of it.