I know the rule of thumb is that there's no bad time to use organic products, but I'd feel better to get someone's opinion on spraying the pastures.
There appears to be a few days toward the end of October that we can get this done. Does anyone think it could be a problem so close to our usual first freeze by Thanksgiving? Would it overly activate the microbes at this late date?
Thanks for your input. We'll go with the spraying. We had one-half inch of rain Sunday night--much needed--that, with the spraying, should help the 15 acres of Elbon Rye planted for winter cattle forage.
Joined: Tue Oct 25, 2005 7:44 pm Posts: 6 Location: Red Oak,TEXAS
Am about to spray Compost Tea on soybeans with a boom sprayer. Does anyone know the following:
1. What sort of pump should be used? Presently have a Hypro roller-cell pump on the spray rig, but suspect that the rollers will smash a lot of the little microbe-buggars in the stuff. Am contemplating a Hypro diaphragm pump. Do you have any actual knowledge concerning this?
2. At the generally recommended rate of 20 gallons/acre, this will require the next-to the-smallest ConeJet nozzle (TX-2) that TeeJet (Spraying Systems) makes. Have to use this small size, as can run only at two-to-three mph (or less), due to having to straddle the rows (with some precision) with the tractor tyres. This size of nozzle requires a 100-mesh screen. Is this too small for Compost Tea?
Joined: Sat Apr 12, 2003 12:45 am Posts: 420 Location: Whitesboro,TX
I have been using a 200 gal stock sprayer with roller pump with 100 gal / 10 acre and it is fine. The bugs will not be harmed.
The biggest thing it ti feed the little critter. If you spray them once a month with corn syrup or molasses it will not be to much. The more corn syrup we spray on field the less that our children or grand children can consume in some processed food or drink.
Robert D Bard
Dr Bob the Health Builder
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