I badly need to get both lime and fert on the farm. First the bridge needed repaired, that was done, and then the spreader was busy, then we got the big dry. Now it looks as though we may get rain towards the end of the week.
The farm is a balance of flat land going to medium/steep hill. Given how dry the hills are, I'm a bit dubious about putting anything on the hills until after it rains. If the rain were to get heavy before it had a chance to wash in, the chances are it would end up on the flats or in the river - at least that's how I see it.
I agree, I'd probably wait until after this rainfall event to spread on the hills at least - that cyclone is still to far out to indicate where it will 'hit' and how much rain we could expect from it. You could look at the positive, this rain should help soften the ground up so that any lime/fert you do put on has a greater chance of soaking in.
Ruth wrote: It'll end up on the flats which will be the river, if we get a lot of the wet of the cyclone!
Don't worry, that thought had crossed my mind also!
As there are question marks over the weather in the upcoming days I have decided to defer the application - yet again. I don't have any real desire to fertilise the farmer 10kms downstream, or even the ocean and that could well happen. However, thank you for the input, you confirmed what I felt.