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July has seen up to 100mm of rain or more across much of the district as well as a couple of good falls of snow. This has certainly given us a full profile of moisture and some much needed run off in some places with dams finally beginning to fill. The cold weather is still with us however, the days are lengthening and it won’t be long before crops and pastures start to push ahead with some warmer temperatures.
Winter cereals can be grazed before growth stage Z30 or jointing. This stage cannot be necessarily determined by a date but it usually occurs towards the end of August. Visual observation of the emerging head is the only way of accurately determining this growth stage. By splitting the stem towards the base of the main stem you will find the developing head. It is just above the first node.
With a full moisture profile, optimising yield this year is an option in both canola and wheat. Crops would be at the ideal stage for top dressing and with further rain fronts forecast; it could well be a profitable exercise this year. Weed control is still being carried out in crops especially wheat. Ryegrass options are all but exhausted however with wild oats Axial is probably the main option being considered these days. It can be tank mixed with a number of broadleaf products to give a one pass weed control option. Topik is still
a good option however resistance to this chemistry is becoming quite widespread.
Heavy infestation of Saffron Thistles, Paterson’s Curse and Capeweed in pastures will require spraying as soon as possible otherwise they will become a considerable problem in spring. Consider using Agritone 750 or Amicide Advance with the addition of Lontrel Advance if you have any amount of Spear Thistle or St Barnaby’s Thistle. For Paterson’s Curse and Capeweed we would
suggest the addition of Igran or Salvation. A red legged earth mite spray may also be warranted.