If your farm is flush with grass, good quality bales will add to winter silage
Another good week last week for making silage. We need many more of them but at least we got two of them and we must thank the Lord for small mercies.
Fields are in good shape after cutting, no damage done and crops were cut dry. Preservation should be okay.
However, many of the grass samples brought into the Teagasc office last week had sugar readings of two. At this reading, preservation would be an issue. These crops certainly needed a 24-hour wilt to concentrate the sugar levels.
Nitrogen readings were very low, just like the crops cut in the very fine week. Nitrogen levels have not been an issue at all in silage crops this year and this is a puzzle in itself. Will this fact impact on the crude protein content in the subsequent silage crop? Only time will tell.
A number of you will hope to take second cuts from fields cut last week. I presume you have such fields fertilised by now and that Saturday's rain washed in the fertiliser. Such fields should have received 80 units of nitrogen, 11 units of phosphate and 84 units of potash.
Crops fertilised last week will be due for cutting again around August 15-18.
This is later than ideal because it will impact on the amount of grass you will grow this autumn.
We will need an exceptional autumn to get good grass covers on fields where second cuts are this late. But we will deal with that when the time arrives.