Farming Calender

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Farming Calendar

JANUARY

  • Inspect and rogue fields for diseases and off-types.
  • Service vehicles and equipment.
  • Follow-up hand weeding of Panicum and Sorghum spp.
  • Conduct under-canopy spraying of creeping grasses.
  • Plan and finalise chemical ripener programme.
  • Analyse individual field performance to assist in replant decisions i.e. varieties, seedcane, fallowing implications (green manure crops).

FEBRUARY
  • Conduct programme planning for coming season.
  • Conduct budget planning.
  • Plan seedcane requirements for next year.
  • Rogue fields and nurseries for diseases and off-types from nurseries.
  • Mow verges and breaks.
  • Estimate crop for the coming season.

MARCH
  • Plan drying-off programme for irrigated fields.
  • Sample replant fields for RSD.
  • Submit crop estimates.
  • Survey carry-over fields for eldana.
  • Maintain and repair farm roads.
  • Complete autumn planting.

APRIL
  • Train cane cutters.
  • Focus on cane quality: Mature, Clean and Fresh.
  • Schedule irrigation, do not over-irrigate.
  • Plant green manure crops e.g. Winter Oats.
  • Carry out soil samples in plough-out fields.
  • Review field layout for plough-out fields.
  • Order lime.
  • Monitor ripener programme.

MAY
  • Maintain waterways, drains and conservation structures.
  • Abide by local burning code of practice.
  • Place certified seedcane orders for next season.
  • Survey potential carry-over cane to see if spraying is needed to control eldana.
  • For the Midlands: Inspect fields for early frost damage.

JUNE
  • Plan evaluation of irrigation systems.
  • Repair irrigation system equipment.
  • Clear firebreaks.
  • Order fertiliser and plan application.
  • Apply lime.
  • Begin construction of new field layouts.
  • For the Midlands: Inspect fields for frost damage.

JULY
  • Control winter weeds.
  • Service and calibrate fertiliser and herbicide applicators.
  • Sample seedcane nurseries for RSD.
  • Complete new field layouts and structures.

AUGUST
  • Train staff in herbicide application.
  • Check fallow fields for volunteers.
  • Complete grassing of waterways.
  • For the midlands: Ensure that all frost- damaged fields have been harvested.

SEPTEMBER
  • Begin fertiliser application.
  • Apply long-term herbicides.
  • Conduct spring planting.
  • Rogue for smut.
  • Plan leaf sampling programme to audit fertiliser applications.

OCTOBER
  • Check effectiveness of herbicide application.
  • Identify fields with problem weeds and begin treatments.
  • Continue roguing for smut.

NOVEMBER
  • Spray minimum tillage fields.
  • Mow verges and breaks.
  • Rogue smut- and mosaic-susceptible varieties.
  • For high mosaic risk areas: Do not plant between 1 November and 1 February.
  • For the Midlands: Monitor winter weeds in last season's cane.
  • For the Midlands: Plan long fallow to next spring for minimum tillage fields.

DECEMBER
  • Check effectiveness of chemical stool eradication.
  • Follow-up weed control.
  • Rogue smut- and mosaic-susceptible varieties.
  • Follow up treatments on problem weeds.