Today at work


Arable Farmer

Got another one going today, think that’s them all sorted now


Pulling well now it’s going
Just a pity there’s 8 drain rods in there I doubt I’ll see again 🙄


And there’s no escaping boilers, the one in the kennels had a circulation pump seize 🙈
What are those dykes for?
Our land is a lot of glacial tilth so the dykes around here were 'clearance' dykes as such as a means to get rid of stone so that our forefathers could farm the rest of field. A lot of times they were placed where there was a decent change of elevation in the land but not in this case. All paperwork done to remove as it provides no value other than holding combine up when opening field up.

Farmer Roy

Arable Farmer
How’s it yielding?

I expected this block to be the lowest yielding, as it was sown a bit late ( due to being too wet ), it was double cropped straight behind grain sorghum & we had trouble getting urea late in the season.
It appears to be around 2.5 - 3 t / ha, which isn’t great, especially at “feed” prices, but we did jag a few loads of DR3 ( the lowest grade of Durum before it becomes “feed” ) off it, at $500 / t, which does help.
We are about to move onto the breadwheat, which should yield quite a bit better, but it has had 300mm of rain in it since it was ripe, so we have not only lost protein & a lot of the test weight of the grain, but we have also lost quite a bit of physical grain from it shelling out of the heads.

We have another 220 ha of Durum after here, which did have the best prospects, but it also suffered a lot of physical damage from the water going through it ( and washing the gravel off the public road than runs past it ), so we will see . . .

We are leaving it till last as it’s going to be the most difficult harvesting



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