The rain has provided some time for tillage farmers to send in ‘ArableApril’ pictures. This week, there was plenty of vintage activity and no shortage of shiny, new machinery either.
AgriLand will announce ‘Arable April’ winners next week, as we sift through the photographs sent in over the course of the month. There are plenty to get through, as tillage farmers across the country gave us an insight into their farms.
Fertiliser in Co. Laois
Daniel Kealy sent in some snaps from Co. Laois when out spreading fertiliser in the sunshine.
Organic oats in Co. Monaghan
Turlough Keenan was planting his organic oats crop in Laragh, Castleblaney, Co. Monaghan, last week; his brother Fintan sent in these pictures (below).
Maize without plastic
Shane Casey, who’s photographs are regularly seen on AgriLand, spotted a rare site in his native Co. Cork. Maize was being sown without plastic in this shot (below) with an Amazone ED602 eight-row drill, pulled by a John Deere 6155R.
Seedbed preparation in Co. Offaly
Mark Grennan took some nice shots of Molloy Agri Farms recently – sowing spring barley and beet. Seedbed preparation was underway in this shot (below).
Dust was rising in this shot (below) sent in by Richard Thomson Moore.
The crop walkers were out in force again. David Quinlan sent in shots of spring barley crops in Co. Tipperary which were up and away, while Samuel Deane was afraid that stormy weather would threaten oilseed rape crops.
Kevin Nolan’s new Horsch Leeb 8 GS sprayer has had no shortage of work so far this spring with, as he said in a post on Twitter, all the “textbook weather” over the last month.
The sprayer has an 8,000L tank; its booms can stretch across 36m.
Fertiliser on winter and spring cereals
Bobby Miller was top dressing his spring barley crop last week, outside Stradbally, Co. Laois.
Trevor Richardson, from Atkins Machinery, sent in these sunny and dusty shots (below).
The Carroll Produce team was planting scallions on Tuesday, April 23. Shane Halpin, who alerted us to this shot, tagged #ArableApril on Twitter.