The best sowing time falls in autumn in Australia wherein it is usually during the month of May. Many farmers are preparing the land and soil getting ready for sowing and planting crops. Farmers usually plants alternately, last year was canola and this year is wheat. Having 380 acres here, it’s full swing preparing land, spreading manure over the paddocks and then sowing. The weather has been fine and were hoping to have the crop in within 2 weeks, it will only take us 2 solid days to sow all this land and then a couple of hundred acres of Oats and 1500 acres of Canola.
The tractors will be working flat out getting it all in, mostly all the land will be direct drilling, as to were there is no Woking over the paddocks as they use to do years ago, plow, disc and sow. These days it’s mostly all direct drilling it saves the grounds nutrients and we get a better result. It’s just much harder on the machinery, luckily ours are fairly new John Deere’s over 120Hp.
Hoping to get a good result cropping time last year was 1,5 tonne to the acre with canola not a bad result lets see if we can get 2-3 tonne per acre. The weather is a big contributor to growth also, rain, sun and frost. Even though Australian weather and climate has four seasons, farmers still managed millions of dollars during harvest time.
Obviously the seeder plays a big role also how good it is, how it places the seed. The amount of manure, the super we add on and the spraying after the crop has sprouted and again 8 weeks later to keep the weeds down.
until then will keep you posted time to get the 4 tractors prepared and the fuel ready some 11-14,000 litres to burn..