A relatively wet winter: Cumulative rainfall for July-October period was 501 mm, +26% compared with the historical average for the same period (August and September were particularly wet). However, the climate of the last part of October and first half of November was more favorable, which should limit problems especially for crop activities.
Winter crop: 374 hectares were sowed with barley (expected yield of 3.5 tons/ha) and harvest will start soon. The partly heavy rain registered after sowing period are causing concerns about barley quality in Uruguay.
Most important factors limiting crop production are diseases, favoured by high moisture during spring time, and abiotic stresses such as excess rainfall, high temperatures during grain filling, and drought during part of the growing cycle mostly in late sown crops. Sowing time is June and July, but later sowing dates are frequent due to excess rainfall.
Cattle activities: Autumn service of heifers took place (insemination of 306 heads) and we are very proud to obtain a pregnancy ratio of 93%. They are in very good shape and have access to dense pasture.
Below you will find some young steers. You can notice the uniformity of the herd which illustrate work performed since year in genetic selection and ongoing hard work of the farm personal.