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Sowing peas...!!

Discussion in 'Direct Drilling General Discussion' started by Kiwi Pete, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Finally got some rain down here.
    Hopefully that will get them up, the ground is getting rock hard and cracking on the surface!
    Last rain would have been 3 weeks or so ago and wasn't much.
    Our soil isn't really cracking much but a day tailing yesterday showed me the importance of what we do differently here!
    Paddocks had cows at the start of winter, capped it off, felt like spiky concrete underfoot. Didn't have phone to hand but the cracks are 17 cm down.
     
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  2. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Did you try the "smart radish" Pete?
    I'm thinking that may go in my 'buggered corner' mix - I guess we all know what I mean by that...
     
  3. hendrebc

    hendrebc Member

    You should take.pictures to show old cheerful bossfarmer and the other jolly anti kiwi everything is green and pleasant down under brigade! Isnt it spring were you are? Everyone has a panic attack here if it doesnt rain for a few weeks in summer! Cracks like that would probably make the papers!
     
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  4. JD-Kid

    JD-Kid Member

    did not have seed last autrum and not sure if it will be about now or after this comeing harvest
    talking to the guy it's ment to be quite good
    takes a while for animals to get on to it so not realy suited as a stand along crop unless being worked back in as a restore crop
     
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  5. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Shaping up to be an unusually predictable season down here.
    Had 7.5mm last night, a set of twins (live) out of a scanned single hogget so maybe it split her atoms. Good lightning show too..

    Yep that's exactly the case for most intensively farmed soils, people bash the resilience out of them and don't even question it. It's always the weather's fault!
    Hence the burning desire not to play God too much here, although our climate records say we have 4 inches of rain per month it doesn't - merely an average - shows up in attitude to risk from the southern correspondents on here a bit... planting one of my 17 paddocks into something is a big risk, hence the low cost low expectations method.
    @Farmer Roy has a very similar thought process...
     
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  6. hendrebc

    hendrebc Member

    I really enjoy seeing how youndo things with different weather challenges to what we have here. I dont envy your dry weather one bit. Wet has problems but at least i have stuff for stock to eat in summer!
     
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  7. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Yep it would likely be a kilo thrown into a mix with a few other things, likely a clover or two and another brassica.
    Probably also consider a light-rate cereal too as a bit of a bird-bait/nurse/canopy crop.
    Most of our business works only because things are stacked on top of things (so the chance is higher of a good outcome)
     
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  8. 3 weeks without rain ?

    17 cm deep cracks ?

    Hahaha you lightweight Kiwis :)
    The rain on the weekend was the first for 3 months & ive seen cracks you could lose a crowbar down. I've actually dry bogged a Landcruiser when a drive wheel fell down a crack :)

    It's all relative isn't it, 20 C is cold for someone from Darwin, but hot in Hobart
    Hope the season is going well for you
     
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  9. Err, working in unpredictable & increasingly extreme environments ( despite what the climate change deniers on here say ) does tend to create that mindset . . .
     
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  10. its just a different mindset, risk management for the unpredictability, being resilient, being adaptable . . .
     
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  11. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Certainly pleased to hear rain on the roof last night, but yeah I don't talk about 'droughts' because I've seen the pictures :eek:
    Just unusual for so early on not to have weeks of driving rain and squalls gale force winds etc.. the electricity hasn't even gone off since the winter :cool:
    Very unusual down here - lambing and calving means weeks of :poop: (as a rule)
    Grass growth is reflecting that, but then more leaf means more moisture leaving the scene as well.
    To the point the dairy farmer neighbour was wondering if he should put some N on:ROFLMAO:
    I said that's probably the cause of half his trouble :whistle:
    Certainly not having trouble feeding stock, need to get some lambs on the place smartish to keep it trim.
    Cattle only do half the job, farming is much cheaper with several livestock classes grazing together (y)
    Soil temp is hovering at about 13 and things are ripping on our place, bit of rain will keep it going hopefully.
     
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  12. benferg

    benferg Member

    We have a soil temp of around 11 degrees at 9 am. Can’t believe you have better than us down south

    But then we are beating you on the rain numbers so I’ll do you a trade...
     
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  13. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    It's terribly cold and bleak down here... tell everyone!! ;)
    Yes, I saw on my rain map that you guys all got a good dousing :cool:
    And that the lightning that missed us took out your electricity in Canterbury, hope it didn't affect you at all?
    We had awesome wildfire before the rain came, was just wandering back down the paddock from checking my hoggets enjoying the show, but only a couple of thunderclaps before it went over. Tried to get a picture of the wildfire lighting up the sky but it didn't happen :rolleyes:
    Our wee place lies nicely into the sun and the soil is very dark, so it's quick to warm up (y) would be good for olives if the peas don't grow :banghead:
    Will have to keep a lid on all the ducks now that the peas are sprouting, a lot on the surface due to my rather agricultural drilling methods, but hopefully buried enough to get a crop off it. :nailbiting:
     
  14. Im waiting too see what soil temp it takes the Teff to germinate...so far no action and is around 13ish...

    Ant...
     
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  15. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Crikey.. you sure you didn't drill the seed facing south?
     
  16. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
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    Bit of a progress report for you guys.
    Peas are coming up, luckily I left plenty of turfiness as the pigeon population are cleaning up those left on the surface, which seems to be distracting the barstewards from picking at the emergers (getting cramp from crossing these fingers!)
    And, as you can see in the bottom picture, the grass is slowly making a comeback after it's shock. Pretty even across the paddock really.
    So, the sowing method has worked :nailbiting:
    Now to keep the birds away. The dog is getting quite a taste for plucked pigeon, they are like flies, I'm sure they hide behind picture frames or some sh!t.
    Have nailed about 40, each day there is another 6 or 8 up here.:mad:
    Hopefully in a week we have some proper leaves to photograph, weather is much less settled than it has been, which should work in their favour. :nailbiting:
     
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  17. benferg

    benferg Member

    Blue skies today a cold start but nor west now.

    Off home to watch Canterbury play Auckland. Go the red and blacks!
     
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  18. Gas guns?

    Ant..
     
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  19. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    Shotgun (y)
     
  20. Kiwi Pete

    Kiwi Pete Member

    Location:
    Owaka, New Zealand
    I also raided all the empty shopping bags and tied them onto pigtail standards to flap in the wind.
    Should drop the wind for a few days so I can get on with spraying :rolleyes::banghead:
     

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