The crows have started on the wheat now and are moving away from the barley, so you can tell that it's ripening too.
The winter wheat seems to be coping well in this year's weather conditions. JB Diego is the only variety that looks a little bit dirty.
We will be keeping an eye on whether we will need to go back out with another spray for septoria. It is very important to have different varieties of crops, with different strengths and not have all your eggs in one basket.
This helps spread the risk so that if something does go wrong that it won't affect the entire crop.
At this time of the year we get to see trial plots to see new varieties and how they grow in our Irish conditions.
Teagasc have done a lot of research in this department and we, as part of a growers group, trial the new varieties every year.
We also went to Drummonds/Liffey Mills trial plot demonstrations in Townrath, Drogheda.
We were particularly interested in the oilseed rape varieties as we are thinking of growing some next year.
It was very interesting to see the dwarf varieties compared to the taller traditional ones that are struggling to stand this year.
They may not yield as much as traditional varieties but as they told us on the day, if you can't get all your seed into the tank of the combine, due to lodging, it won't do better.
Sometimes new products can sound too good to be true, however, we tried a seed dressing called Redigo Deter on some seed we dressed last year.
We left some of the field without the dressing to compare.
The seed dressed with the Deter germinated quicker and more vigorously than the seed without it and was about four inches ahead when fully grown.
The biggest difference in the crop was in BYDV control. Because of the mild winter and serious aphid pressure in the autumn and through the winter, the treated seed had much better prevention than the untreated seed.
We may not get this response on a winter of hard frost but this year it was certainly a benefit. We are planning to use more of it this year.
At the open day there were many different varieties of wheat and barley to study. It was interesting to compare them side by side to see the differences.
As part of the pre-harvest work we have been checking all our machinery. Lights, brakes and tyre pressure are all checked.
If this year is a wet harvest we will have to use more pedestals in our grain. We have bought these in the past but none have worked as well as our own home made ones.
We had also planned to get drainage work done after harvest, but as it looks like a late harvest this year that might not be possible.
Helen and Philip Harris are tillage farmers in Co Kildare. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org