Our Farm: 'Every tractor in the parish was out sowing and drilling'
Published 03/11/2016 | 06:00
The very wet September was followed by a few very welcome dry weeks in the beginning of October that meant we were working flat out. Every tractor in the parish was out ploughing, sowing and drilling.
We were putting in the long hours to try and get harvest finished and as much of the winter crop in as time and weather would allow.
We normally try to have winter crops as our plan A and if we don't get them in then we can try again in the spring with plan B. With such good weather in October after all the rain in September, I was very surprised that the Department. of Agriculture didn't extend the deadline for farmyard manures.
It makes more sense to me to allow farmers to spread slurry in good ground conditions rather than forcing them to spread in bad conditions because of a particular date.
We got our beans cut and again this finished in the first week of October. It's the longest harvest for us, as we have never planted beans before.
They yielded well at 2.95 MT per acre, which we were happy with. I haven't had a chance to do a final costings on the beans but I have a feeling that they will end up as our most profitable crop.
The other advantage of beans was that we just disked the ground and planted straight in with winter wheat. This saved both time and money. The soil really tilled up well.
The varieties of winter wheat that we have sown this year are, the old reliable JB Diego, Avatar, Weaver, Lumos and a new variety, Costello.