Saturday, December 17, 2016
The graph shows that there was exactly the same % of moisture in the soil profile at 60cm on 10th of November 2016 as there was on the 1st of Sept 2016, you will see a small increase around mid November as we had 132mm over the second half of Nov which found its way down.
People are sometimes sceptical about the medium to long term capacity of these heavy black cracking soil to store water over time, tool's like this help us learn so much about soil moisture, infiltration rates and so much more.
Our soil can hold a lot more water although only time will tell how much we end up with, we will aim to plant in the first 15 days of March, the long rains usually come between the 20th of march and the 1st April. (the long rains happens over 50 days most years) i.e start around the 20th March and finish on around 10th of May.
Friday, December 9, 2016
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Sunday, September 4, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Saturday, August 6, 2016
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
The Chickpeas are two varieties from Tanzania, with not much (probably under 20mm total rain) expected over July/Aug/Sept and Oct they will have to show themselves the tough plant I think they are.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Friday, May 20, 2016
Around 140 people attended and from feedback today there was lots of value from the day.
Peter Schuur's who is friend/agconsultant/agronomist and lives in Uganda spoke over the day on the agronomy of various crops, he did a great job.
Bottom photo is of Annie and her friend Veena at lunch time.
We had a Aussie BBQ (Choma) for lunch with Annie cooking and icing hundreds of cupcakes and Anzac biskets for morning tea.
Monday, May 16, 2016
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
This crop was pushed by 30 degree C days and 25 to 30km per hour winds during March, even though it was on a very full profile of moisture the crop bolted and so we have low tiller numbers as the crop just raced into ear.
Friday, April 15, 2016
I suspect it is some nutrient issue, probably not a drama for the crop although I would still like to know. (Click on photo to enlarge )