Lucky to be above water beside the Shannon
Published 13/01/2016 | 02:30
While the recent flooding has not affected the farmyard, it has left one field underwater and the rest of the farm very saturated.
One farmyard is only 500m from the river Shannon but the sheds are on high ground and it would take the river to rise another four or five feet to cause problems for the slatted shed. But anything is possible with this weather.
The slurry situation is under control with the highest tank about 18 inches from the top. All tanks are rising rapidly and the biggest problem is where to go with it when the tanks are full. Fields are either too wet or have way too much grass with the recent mild weather.
All efforts were made to keep yard water out of the tanks, but one downpipe turned the wrong way for one of the nights with heavy rain didn't help.
The hardship that some farmers have endured with the floods just reinforces the need for a fair price for their produce.
When the land eventually dries up, I will earmark a number of fields for spreading and will try to use the valuable nutrients as best I can.
In the spring I will spread the slurry at the rate of 2,000 gallons per acre and should get good results if the spring stays mild.
Last year I changed the slurry tank when I purchased a 2,100 gallon tank with the big recessed wheels. It should be suitable for this wetter. The old tank had Russian-style wheels that left little ridges in the fields, which would take a while to disappear.