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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was your post, Sue, that prompted mine. I saw someone heading out with a slurry tanker the other day. On these saturated fields?
You may remember me posting about erosion on arable land around Letterkenny, last year. In the fields close to my house many tons of topsoil were being washed away in winter rains (the rotation hereabouts is barley and spuds and has been for decades). The soil in the fields seems pretty lifeless to me.
This year that farmer sowed winter barley and the young plants seem to have prevented much loss of soil. I wonder what difference a few years of growing green manures would make to the structure of the soil?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quite a lot I think!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My thought, exactly. But practices like that dont fit the modern model of agri-business, do they?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In defence of farmers - and it's not often I do that - the system here seems to be slatted sheds for the winter, unlike straw barns in the UK. However, the holding areas under the slats are now so full that the slurry is rising above the slats so that the animals are having to lie in it. A new(ish) development round here has been an ultra powerful spray which, depending on wind direction, can be tanked along any hard road or track, sprayed high in the air and allowed to drift 50-60 yards across the adjoining fields. This avoids the need for tractors and heavy slurry tanks to venture out on to already saturated ground and damaging it. The cows prefer it too!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say that the eircom and esb workers love that. Householders too.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yes, the delightful scent of sh**e on the breeze!
How's the form now, Tagwex? Are you recovered?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wasn't thinking so much of on the breeze as on the cables, poles, transformers etc that they have to handle.

I am fine now thanks, a full recovery much to the annoyance of a lot of people!

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeh, Blowin .. not so good if you are down wind of it as we are!

Tagwex glad you are on the mend (and you know I DO mean that) What's the phrase - fighting fit - fighting for breath (bit like us with the slurry) and fit to drop! Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, Sue, if they slurry a field you're going to smell it anyway but the units only spray the stuff, as I said, about 50 yards into the field and the next shower of rain washes it into the soil and off the ESB equipment. HOWEVER, while walking the dog at lunchtime a farmer stopped for a chat and, in conversation, told me the practice was banned by the EU (who else) about two years ago. Another common sense measure lost. Maybe we should all leave the EU?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear you are better, Wigtax. It's not fair to slag a man when he's down! Good to know you're back in form.

As for health matters here, we go to O P in Galway on Friday. All seems to be progressing well and C is getting stronger by the day. She was complaining about the state of the bathroom floor today (one child is an untidy tooth-brusher) so she must be getting better!
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