Another week gone by, another wild week of weather. We were fortunate to once again receive some periodic showers across most of our land. There was a bigger system that moved through the area yesterday (Sunday) that had more significant rain, but went between our north and south land, only catching the land around our main yardsite. That turned out to be a good thing – there were wind gusts close to 80km/hr and heavy rain. This left most cereals in its path flat on the ground. In our experience when cereals lodge like this at the early heading / flowering stage – it can have a significant impact to yield.
We are finally getting to the end of fungicide season. The only crops left are the legacy barley we planted in the final days of seeding. We applied fungicide to all our cereals along with growth regulator to all the cereals in the north. We decided not to put fungicide on our canola – with low disease pressure in all years since 2016, and the hot and dry weather over the last week – we felt it was a low risk year for sclerotinia infection.
With a slowdown in workload for the next few weeks, our employees have scheduled holidays for some time away. This week we are also sending everyone to the major farm show – Ag in Motion – which has grown to be the farm show of the season.