Wet Wet Wet. No, I am not talking about the band, but conditions in my part of Australia at the moment. Unfortunately Andy tells me that many of you guys are having similar conditions in parts of Ireland at the moment but ye are at harvesting stage and we are in springtime. Record-breaking spring rainfall has set up crops for massive yields where soils are well drained, but there are also many areas with significant flooding. We have seen our main access road closed and open many times in the past four weeks, which is making ex-farm grain logistics very difficult.
To give you an idea of rainfall totals, we normally average between 250-280mm of rainfall from April to October. To date, we have had over 500mm in this period with another 20-40mm forecast by early this week. As a result, we are seeing significant disease pressure on our pulse crops (faba beans and lentils), plus sclerotinia pressure in our canola (oilseed rape) which has necessitated two sprays of Prosaro.