Fact - you should have five million worms per hectare
A few fine sunny days and the farmers around the area were like busy ants out of an ant hill. They were up and down the road with fertiliser and slurry.
Phil was the same, as soon as he felt he could travel on the land, he was out spreading fertiliser and chicken litter pellets. The oil seed rape got 1.5 bags of sulphate of ammonia and 10.7.23 + 2S. Both the winter wheat and winter barley got four bags per acre of 10.7.23 +2S. They also got 5 bags per acre of the chicken pellets, 20N, 15K, 5S and one bag of g-lime per one bag of pellets.
The reason for the five bags of chicken pellets is that with the higher off takes from last year we need to give back to the soil. This is all the P and K they will get and it will only be nitrogen that we will spread after this.
We went down to an ITLUS (Irish Tillage and Land Use Society) meeting in Teagasc, Johnstown castle, Co Wexford. On the way down we were green with envy at the dry, sown fields.
Most of the ploughing was done whereas in Kildare we are only getting going. The land is that much heavier up here.
With that said, they did dry up quite quickly when they got the few dry days.
We had a very informative day in Johnstown Castle learning about soil and soil structure.
It's like the foundations of a house, if you don't get the foundations right, you are at nothing. The same goes for soil and growing crops. If you don't look after your soil it won't look after your crops.