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Guess we are all into it. Lupins and Hay here.

Most years works ok some years disaster but mice are a worry this year.

Know some very very good farmers who swear by it other also good farmers wait until things are wet,and never dry sow.

Non wetting sand always makes it a challenge.

Timeliness of seeding and weed control a trade off at times but is see in WA guys sowing canola in march thought wow but guess frost free areas. Agros push push push for earlier seeding but has to be a date that's too early not sure.

Off topic hehehe any hawthorn supporters on here?

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I reckon that there isn't much true dry sowing going on in WA after February floods but it is surprising how much it has dried. I think the rule is make sure it's actually dry, sow it deep enough that three mm won't germinate it but 15 might. I barely remember what dry is, been a long time since I was conserned for sowing moisture. Once those non wetting sands get clayed and start growing some biomass residue its perennially wet here at least in the row. I did get stung a in 2010 dry sowing hybrid IT canola early dry and had a big rainfall event on it a few weeks after sowing but it was probably more the problem of the sustained wet that followed it. Some of that country only went 300kg.


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got a mate on cascade rd never been there but he rarely misses out. Scott Pickering you may know him a rare thing in WA he has a mixed farm
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got a mate on cascade rd never been there but he rarely misses out. Scott Pickering you may know him a rare thing in WA he has a mixed farm
I know him a little; going to start getting Rams from him. His Rams are a bit heavier frames and cut more wool than what we have bred for a while. There are a few guys up there doing mixed growing medic. Been some great years for it of late. An ownership map of cascades shows it all in the hands of about seven farmers I think mostly continuous croppers. It's a funny thing I have a mate in Kondinin and he has sheep because it's to dry, I have sheep because it's too wet. In the Goldilocks zone there are not to many sheep. My sandy soils grow bulk of feed but low quality, the heavy dirt grows good feed but not much of it. I understand why the mallee doesn't have stock much when they can grow Fabas and peas instead of low bulk pasture.

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No hawks supporters round here mate.....

Raining here now grr.....

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Sitting in pdk north of Swan Hill, reckon we are about to get dumped on, hoping STO and Madsnake get some.
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Got almost 70ha of perrenial pastures sowed Tuesday night and got 15hA of annual sown about a fortnight ago and it's up....preg scanning ewes today and had about 6mm today I rekon but could be very wrong.

Great to see the hawks below Carlton hehehe but I don't think it'll stay that way for too long.
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Its been pouring here for ages now...27 mm its says....so much for the hot dry autumn...what a joke....

Farming is like a share portfolio i say...keep it diversified...i like early sowing but my area not really normal...if in frost area id spread it...spread varities etc...

Thankfully direct drill so can get on paddocks ok i reckon even after this drenching...lease block seemed dry...red dirt...

Hope rain stops soon...

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I'm in no panic to start. Too much frost risk for me but last checked guage home in Pinnaroo an hour ago at 45 mm. Hope it keeps coming.
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43mm still drizzlin...rained all the way to ballarat this morning...

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