Sunday 04 November 2012
Dealing with the wet Autumn
The problems created on farms by the atrocious weather of 2012 show no signs of easing. Plans for slurry spreading and winter crop plantings lie in chaos as rain continues to fall.
With only two weeks to go to the 31 October extended slurry spreading deadline, farmers in the worst affected areas have stock housed and tanks are nearly full.
Autumn grain plantings are estimated at 12-15,000ha, only 10% of the usual total. Green cover penalties now face unplanted land.
Laboratories are reporting average silage quality of 64DMD, down five units on last year. With the inevitably poor maize harvest, additional expensive feed will be required.
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