Monday, 25 July 2011
This is fairly typical and goes someway to illustrate the not insignificant investment required to bring the industry up to speed.
Monday, 18 July 2011
I will update this as I get further reliable reports.
Should we spray a fungicide against sclerotinia and botrytis?
Many are recommending that we do; my feeling is that it is unrealistic to expect a few grams of active to penetrate and translocate through such a large plant to do any good.
Also the average yield for nine of the top producers in Ukraine was 2.3MT/HA over the last two years with a range from 2.1 to 2.6MT/HA.
I just can’t see applying $60 to $70 worth of chemicals at this stage will be economic.
I would appreciate any thoughts from those who have been growing SF for longer that I have, drop me a line at Agronomy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
Sunday, 10 July 2011
OK so it wasn’t the Olympic torch as that won’t be coming out of the UK after the Chinese PR catastrophe when they took it around the world and had to fight off demonstrators along the way.
No idea who this guy was but there was a police escort and support group and he seemed really pleased that I stopped and took a photo.
The rain has really pushed the maize along and many crops are evening up and filling out (see picture); are we about to see a bumper 2011 crop?
Tempting to say yes but we still have a long way to go.
Saturday, 9 July 2011
It was 5:30am just outside Lviv at the police checkpoint (yes, they still have checkpoints along with gates to close the road; behaving like an occupying force was a characteristic inherited from soviet times).
The reason I’m on the road in the pouring rain at 5:30 in the morning is because I am working.
Arguably so was this guy but unlike him while I am working for personal financial gain I am also contributing to society.
I am growing food; grain, meat, milk, sugar, oil, at the same time creating jobs, prosperity and well-being for many, many, many individuals which goes towards improving the overall economy by spreading wealth, security and opportunity throughout the wider community.
Pebbles in pond if you will.
Numb nuts of the Yard on the other hand is a drunk, fat, illiterate, work shy, barely educated, bigoted leach of a man who preys on the very people he is supposed to be serving for nothing more than his own personal greed and contributes the sum total of nothing to the greater good of society.
He is universally hated and loathed by everyone, is surrounded by choking negativity, despised by all he comes in to contact with, has no friends outside the job, wears a crappy uniform to work that involves nothing more cerebral than standing on the side of the road bullying people.
In short he is a vacuous loser with halitosis and a 70’s moustache.
That feels much better.
Friday, 8 July 2011
Sugar beet unlike other crops however, does compete reasonably well once canopy closure occurs.
I think we might be looking at the makings of a decent sugar yield.