Weather turned full circle, but at least we filled pits
Since my last column, the weather has turned full circle. It has been a case of farmers buying hay one week and making hay the next week.
Thankfully, we made a great start to filling our silage pit during the good weather.
My first cut silage was mowed on June 6 and lifted 24 to 36 hours later. I did two grass tests with Teagasc before mowing and both samples showed no nitrogen and sugar levels of 4-4.5. The samples were taken in the morning, so sugar levels were in fact rising as the day progressed.
There was a fair variation between fields in terms of yield quantity. However, all fields had good standing grasses with no yellow butts and this should improve quality.
The silage contractor came in when I needed him and left without any breakages. It can be a worrying time as all my silage comes off out-farms and I just pray there will be no road accidents.
There is still no easy way to cover the pit, but thankfully relations and friends came to the rescue. Earning a 'swap' is still alive and well. I check the pit on a daily basis for about 10 days afterwards to tighten down the cover.
With the silage in, the slurry has to go out. Within two days of fields going white, they went black with slurry. A lot of slurry had built up again with one tank full, even though it had been emptied in the spring.