Grass situation is a potential worry
Published 13/05/2015 | 02:30
The first week of May has passed and, at the time of writing, we are still awaiting a seasonal flush of growth.
Although one crop that seems to be powering ahead is the oats, both the gluten-free and the oats we are growing for animal feed.
The spring barley has received its top dressing of nitrogen where we brought up the total N to about 120 units per acre. It also needs to be sprayed for weeds.
The winter barley got its final top-dressing of N a few weeks ago which brought it up to a total of 160 units per acre. It has just been sprayed this past week. It was looking a bit dodgey to get it sprayed in time because we had included a growth regulator in the tank mix and it is essential that this is applied to the crop before it starts to shoot out. With the recent wind and rain, it was hard to get an opportunity to get it done, but thankfully we managed it.
We had planned to cut some first cut silage around May 15 but it looks like we need to put that back a week. It has a lot of growing to do still but we will still take that cut around May 20, weather permitting.
Our grass situation is OK at the moment.
While there hadn't been much growth in recent weeks, the excellent underfoot conditions allowed for maximum utilisation. As long as the ground is dry, stock seem to be happy but that has all changed this past week with the downpours of rain that have been falling.
All the bulls have been slaughtered. The vast majority were slaughtered under-16 months and the rest were all under-18 months. I suppose if I was a teacher writing a report on them I would say "can do better".