THE rain finally arrived to the district in November, with some parts receiving over 90mm for the month.
The rain has been a welcomed by pasture growers, giving their lucerne a boost, but has been a hindrance for those still trying to harvest crops.
The rain has also sparked the first germination of summer weeds.
Research has shown that controlling summer weeds early can conserve valuable moisture for the following year, making a big difference in yield potential.
As we approach the end of the year, planning is now starting for the 2019 season.
Soil testing paddocks is an effective way of evaluating current soil nutrition levels, and assist in crop selection and fertiliser requirements for the following year.
Lime is a common amendment applied over summer to correct pH issues; soil testing will give an indication of the rates required.
For those who have planted summer forage crops, now is the time to vigilant for insect attack.
Emerging seedlings are the most susceptible to insect predation, so it is important to implement control measures early, to ensure crops have no restrictions to their production.
On behalf of all the team at Landmark, we would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and let’s hope 2019 is a more favourable season for all.
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