Use chemicals in the year they are bought or return them to your merchant
Published 14/12/2011 | 06:00
Recent rain and harsh winds have made crop inspections very difficult. Waterlogging in compacted and low-lying fields has resulted in winter barley plant kill.
Indeed, some of the less vigorous winter wheats are also suffering. The variety that appears to thrive in these conditions is Invicta, which looks considerably better than others sown somewhat earlier under better conditions.
However, despite good yields, Invicta failed to make it in the Irish recommended list trials due to poor kph and is unlikely to be revived -- but it is on the British Home Grown Cereals Authority's (HGCA) recommended list.
All field operations are at a standstill, with the exception of some slug pellet application by ATV on late-sown crops. Many winter barleys are showing symptoms of damage from IPU in areas subject to wheeling and are under more serious pressure due to waterlodging.
In a previous issue, I outlined some of the problems associated with high conacre prices and the risk of landowners being offered excessive prices and then not getting paid.
Many agricultural contractors are experiencing a similar problem in not getting paid for hire work, with a different contractor being employed the following year, leaving the first contractor out in the cold.
This is an issue that can only be addressed by contractors themselves, who should agree not to take on work without checking with the previous contractor first to find if there is money outstanding.
Other professionals contact each other before taking over work, so why don't agricultural contractors do the same?