Sunday, April 8, 2018
Sunday, March 11, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018
Last night we had 30mm of rain and today at midday I dug up this Green Gram and found it had a small shoot after only 18 hours of moisture. (Well done little fella)
We will hopefully plant the remaining area of Desi and Kabuli chickpeas over the next week to 10 days depending on weather. You can click on the photo to get a better look.
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Friday, December 1, 2017
The "Long Rains" fall from about the 20th of March to the 20th of May, not really long except by comparison to the short.
We received 49.5 mm for October which did little for our soil moisture although 155mm in November has our soil moisture probe reading 37% or so at the moment.
Our saturated soil % is around 50%, with the "lower Readily Available Water" (LRAW or Wilting point) being an average of around 18% over all the soil depths.
In our soil type plants are able to extract down to 30% (LRAW) at 80 cm deep, whereas at 20cm the plants can use down to around 12% (LRAW).i.e deeper you go the harder it is for the plants to "pump" water up.
We are a good chance of filling up our soil moisture before March when we will plant our next crop given some more rain which can arrive anytime before then.
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Friday, July 14, 2017
Annie and her team did a great job of catering for morning tea and lunch.
Our guest speakers did a great job as well as "team Ausquest" well done to you all.
We also recieved a totally unsolicited donation to our trials and field day operation from a farming family in central NSW, this funded our 2017 major field day and part of our trials for 2018.
My hope is that our field days provides a small spark inside those attending that opens up oportunity for themselves as well as others.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Friday, June 23, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
We looked at our commercial chickpea crop then we visited our Admin managers crop of yellow beans.
Showing that it's possible to practice conservation farming on a 1 hectare field and produce great crops.
David's yellow beans look very good considering we have only recieved about 50% of our annual rainfall to date.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Clouds building up each day and so Friday would be a great day for the long rains of 2017 to start, I have put my order in.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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.