October 28, 2016

Spot the difference that 300mm of rain makes.

Two photos, same paddock, same variety of oats, both being mown for hay. The left photo was taken 7th October 2015 when the crop was moisture stressed, thin, short and leaves browning off. And on the right is us mowing today … the oats are lush, green, thick and very tall.

We sow these oats in late May and cut in October;
2015 we got 119mm of rain in that time, this year we got 405mm.  

With our average yearly rainfall normally being only 420mm we have certainly been blessed this year.


October 27, 2016

With above average yields bales need to be a bit longer this year to fit it all in.