If you require agronomic or farm management advice
Ross Watson Agriculture P/L
Scone.NSW. Australia. 2337.
Phone: (61) 2 6545 0128
Mobile: 0428 658 704
As drought conditions continue, early sown winter wheat , as seen here, and oat crops around the Upper Hunter , defy the tough conditions and move into survival mode, until some "real" rain turns up. Well managed fallows are critical under these conditions. ... See more
Seed harvesting ants are a potential threat to surface sown or direct drilled pasture programs. They do have an important ecological role in spreading native seeds too.
Within 5 minutes of the direct drill seeder sowing a seed mix here, this seed harvesting ant has taken on collecting an exposed oat seed. They will readily harvest small grass seeds and clovers, if untreated. This ant is effectively moving 70 to 80 times his own weight, over a rough trail here. That's like an average man pulling around 700 to 800 kg weight, over rocks and boulders ! Seed harvesting ants have been well studied here. They can cause the complete or partial failure of aerial or direct drill seeding jobs. They can collect all the pasture spread in a surface sown situation within 24 hours ! ... See more
We are undertaking direct drilling or over-sowing programs today, introducing additional grasses and clovers, into drought affected pastures, on clients horse stud farms. These farms still have irrigation water to get these paddocks goings or have been lucky to be under a recent thunderstorm. Drought conditions continue to impact on the district. Pastures need to be set up over the next 6 weeks,ready for the influx of mares to studs , for the all important foaling and breeding season again, in the coming months. ... See more