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 )
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
You can see that at about 11% of soil water the green line flattens out (crop could not extract any more water) before we had 34mm of rain. Then there was a rapid increase followed by a few days then another 18mm of rain. Then a few days flat and now as the crop is bulking up and using a lot more water you see the "steps" (daily use) using much more water than earlier in the crops life.
The top graph is for the 700 to 800mm (70 to 80cm) zone, as you can see the crop is also drawing on this water slowly There is obviously water left in between the above zones although I did not want to make it too complicated by adding them (click to show a bigger image)
Then we had 34 mm of rain around the 2nd of April, as the graph shows, the temperature plummeted by 8 to 10 deg C.
I suspect that the radical drop is also related to the Mungbean crop getting canopy cover (shading the ground).
Lots for us to learn from all this type information, the hope would be that we make better management choices based on what we learn.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Saturday, March 26, 2016
Next photo from the top are KS20 Mung Beans , our 500 hectares of beans are very even which will make managing the beans easier, they are growing nicely.
Bottom two photos are of wheat, it has been a bit on the warm side for wheat with temp up to 31 deg c and high winds.
Still if the long rains come in the next week we should see our maximum daytime temperature drop as we move through April down to 25/26 deg C.