Not relying on pigeon pie for Christmas now that our contracts have been filled
We may have won the battle with slugs but have we won the war? We spread a half rate of Draza everywhere but three fields were showing more slug damage so we had to go back out on these with Wipeout. I doubt the very bare patches will recover.
Between the slugs and the pools of water, the fields don't have the thick green carpet that they should have at this time of the year. All the crops seem to be unusually slow to germinate. This will give the slugs even more time to do damage.
When we were ploughing and sowing we had to leave a few corners in some fields that were just too wet.
Our plan was to clean the ditches and drain the land. We got our multi-talented neighbour Noel Cummins in with his track machine. He cleaned down all the banks and levelled the ground afterwards. He made it look easy.
Not everyone can grade down the sides so level that you would think he used a ruler. I was amazed at the flow of water afterwards.
Old land drains that had been previously blocked started to flow. That meant we didn't have to put as many extra drains in. We put grids over the big water pipes and when the drains were flowing this caught a lot of debris.
If it had gone down the pipe, it may have blocked it. We will have to keep these grids clear, which involves getting into the drain - a cold wet job.
We may have got the water flowing but I can't see when we are going to get those patches sown. We have sprayed our winter barley, Cassia with aphicide, but nothing else. The strips that we had to re-sow with the vintage tractor have also germinated so by spring it will be hard to see them.