Ferme du Vieux Chêne

Last week of July and the month of August – the busiest time on my farm. I have to complete preparation of field 17 and then sow the Canola in the first week of August. In field 14, I have to harvest the Sorghum, then do soil samples. After that I will need to prepare that field for a Barley crop which I intend to sow in the 2nd week of September. With so much to do on my own farm, I won’t be showing any work I do for neighbours in this post.

Last time you saw me cultivating Field 17 after liming. Cultivating has stirred up the weeds as suggested in the Precision Farming mantra – see the box by the mudguard…

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…So I had to buy a Weeder. I went with the cheapest one from Einbock which cost me €9500. It’s a simple tool…

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…but it does the job and the Precision Farming score agrees – field score up to 60! The problem is that I’m hemorrhaging money and I know that I will need another piece of equipment once I harvest field 14. I’m going to need a Mulcher! So I spent the rest of the week doing some work for other farmers to boost my funds a bit. Then I went to the bank manager to get a €10k increase in the loan – actually putting it back up to the €200k I started the farm with!

The first week of August and I can harvest my Sorghum…

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…It’s a lovely sight to see as we pour it into the trailer…

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The yield pattern for the field is interesting (remember that this field was prepared under the old method) and hints at what lies beneath…

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I guessed that the southern half of the field is a continuation of the loam from field 17 and the northern half is silty-clay – Time to take some samples…

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After wading around the Sorghum stalks, here’s our results…

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…Pretty much as expected 😉

In field 17, sowing the Canola stirred up the weeds again, so I had to run the Einbock over the field once more🙄 Then I was off to get the Mulcher so that I could chop down the Sorghum stalks in field 14 ready for liming and cultivating…

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At the start of the next week I rolled Field 17…

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…That’s the last of the preparation and sowing work done on that field. Now we wait for the crop to appear before we fertilize.

Back to Field 17 and I applied the lime to bring up the ph levels…

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…Then, after fitting in some work for other farmers, the last week of August saw me cultivating…

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…and removing stones 🙄…

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…I think that I’m going to get a dedicated stone picker before my next field preparation!

We’ll visit Ferme du Vieux Chêne later in the week for more crop sowing😎👍

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