Similarly if you are involved in share farming be sure that you get your three-crop rule correct. Both these topics were covered in last week's edition.
We are informed again by the Department that all maps will be available to farmers this week.
The Basic Payment Scheme application will also be open this week so now is the time to discuss the matter with your consultant or advisor and get this work done early.
You should also consider if it is worth your while applying for the new agri environmental scheme - GLAS.
Again, as previously advised, farmers with more than 30ha of tillage will be considered Tier 1 applicants and will get priority for entry into GLAS. Get well informed now before field work gets too busy.
Your NMP should consider the use of any available organic manures in your locality.
There are a wide range available, however, most materials also have a wide range of nutrient values. Recent and accurate soil sample results are imperative for good nutrient management planning but, in addition, analysis of the organic material is essential.
Facilities supplying organic material must be washed down when emptied so if you are obtaining the last few loads from any facility it is likely that the nutrient analysis will be much lower than from the initial loads.
Regular sampling of deliveries is recommended to ensure manures contain what you might expect.
You would not buy artificial fertiliser without analysis. You could find yourself applying very expensive water. Remember haulage of low nutrient organic manures costs the same as haulage of high quality organic manures.
The attached table gives an indication of content and a guide to values of a range of organic manures based on current fertiliser prices.
Every effort should be made immediately to plant beans.
The earlier sown at this stage the better potential yields and the earlier the likely harvest. Seed is scarce so before you make the move to start planting make sure you have the seed.
Aim to establish 30-35 plants per square meter and don't be afraid to sow the crop deep - up to 12.5cm to limit bird damage.
Pre-emerge weed control must be used. This will consist of either Nirvana plus/minus Lingo.
Defy has now received off label approval for pre-emergence weed control in spring beans.
Defy in a mix will improve the control of fumitory, groundsel, speedwell and dead nettle.
It will also control annual meadow grass but will have no effect on volunteer cereals or wild oats. A typical rate would be 4l Defy plus 2.5l per hectare of Nirvana or 4l Defy plus 1.8l per hectare of Stomp Aqua (also off label).
Pat Minnock is a Carlow based agricultural consultant and a member of the ACA and the ITCA. www.minnockagri.ie