Well what a growing season it has been this year... full of challenges! We started planting our millet in November once the soil temperature was just right. We planted a block every 2 weeks until early January. The staggered planting allows us to manage harvest and minimise crop losses due to water or heat stress.
Well, in Januray and Feburay we had plenty of water and heat stress! The old timer farmers in the area said they had never seen such a hot and dry spell. Day after day of hot & dry days. Lucky for us, our spray millet crops are irrigated, because without irrigation there would have been alot of very unhappy birds in 2018! But even with irrigation it was a battle... The daily evaporation was extreme at 7mm/day, or 49mm/week, so the irrigation happened every day, just to maintain moisture.
We are happy to report that the 2018 crop is looking fantastic, and harvest is underway.
Sadly, alot of our dry land planted millet (for grain) did not make it... and even though millet is quite drought resistant, mother nature sucked all of the moisture out of the soil and the sun baked the young millet.
The great news is that over teh past few days teh heavens have finally opened up, and whereas we did not cop teh drenching of rain that northern parts of Queensland got, we got a very healthy 3 inches of rain that has really boosted our surviiving dryland crops as well as boosted our millet spray blocks.
Fingers crossed we get some more!