Swallows' arrival signals busy time for both machinery and the farmer
Published 23/04/2014 | 02:30
I love to see the swallows arriving. At the moment, they are as busy around the yard as we are. Every machine is out and working. Some not working as well as others.
Looking to get repairs done at the same time as the rest of the country puts the machinery suppliers under real pressure. We had such a wet start to the year and very little could get done on the land until this month.
Then, when something small goes wrong it's very frustrating to have machinery not working during the fine weather. Years ago, we could pull out the tool box and get a spare part. We would be up and going in no time.
Nowadays, it's all electronics and software issues. We need to upgrade something and download something else.
A cable is not talking to the control box, whatever that means. I was talking to both and I had a few choice words for them.
The winter barley had previously got 10.7.24, with 3pc sulphur at four bags per acre. We then went out with three bags of 27pc nitrogen. It has really come on and has a fabulous deep green colour.
However, when we looked closer, we noticed small lesions on the leaves and disease was starting to break in the crop. We sprayed with proline at 0.6l per ha, modem at 0.4l per ha and ceraide at 1.25l per ha. To control the wild oats, we also used Avena at .25l per ha and enhancer as a sticker.
The winter wheat had also got four bags of 10.7.24 with 3pc sulphur per acre followed with three bags of 27pc nitrogen. The fields closest to the house are that little bit drier and we decided to change the way we went with fertiliser this year.