Recent content by Andy Howard

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    Robotic Platform for Precision Nitrogen Applications

    I am involved in a Innovate UK project called N2 Vision N₂Vision – Automated Robotic Nitrogen Diagnosis of Arable Soil ( The eventual aim is to design a robotic platform that can assess the Nitrogen status of your crops down to the individual plant scale and then apply the...
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    Companion cropping

    DM and we can have a chat
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    Really early wheat drilling trial

    I love forums, even I don't know my average wheat yield as I haven't downloaded info myself! Gladly way above 5t/ha😂 I am only doing a small trial. Will need some rain though first. It will be on a clean field, clover understorey and I think about 100 plants per m2. Depending on when it is...
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    Wheat yields so far

    Completely agree, also the fishing industry would be dead. The problem is there are people who think we should rewild 50% of the Farmland and are looking for an excuse. Not sure compost has microplastic. Plastic yes.
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    Wheat yields so far

    My view is that it could be seen as a future contaminant and an excuse for people to reject crops from that land. Is is worth the risk? Not sure.
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    Wheat yields so far

    How much micro plastic in it? Next big issue for industry.
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    fert on w crops

    Upto around 80kg /ha of K can leach annually from soils. We are now January and there is potential for heavy rainfall and water logging during the rest of the winter. I agree soil type and local conditions need to be taken into account but I can't see why you would risk applying it now when it...
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    fert on w crops

    MOP is highly leachable and K is not needed in winter cereals in any significant amounts for a long time yet. I would keep it in the shed A least you know it's not disappearing out your field drains in February.
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    Companion cropping OSR

    We use clomazone on our peas and beans when intercropping with SOSR. So spring beans or peas. Not sure off sensitivity of other legumes like vetch.
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    Site Required for Honey Bees in Kent

    Forgot to say. I am a couple of miles from Ashford
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    Site Required for Honey Bees in Kent

    Yes, DM me for a chat.
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    2018 - Flea beetle attacks in OSR

    It not a fail safe. Studies show a saving of one INSECTICIDE, doesn't negate their need. Like all cultural control methods they have their limits. There is a lot more benefits to companion cropping rape than just CSFB though.
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    Differing pH results

    Why do you think lime companies like testing after harvest? They sell more lime! I do testing in the early spring. 6.2 isn't low really. 6.4 is ideal.
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    Wheat harvest 2018

    I wouldn't direct drill wheat after 10 yrs grass. You need a non cereal break. Is that the only DD wheat?
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    companion cropping winter oats

    Depending on your herbicide program and weed burden I would have thought buckwheat is worth a try. What about spring linseed, spring beans, spring peas? Most should die over winter or can kill. I think you could probably keep linseed. Maybe try some winter linseed and harvest both? Only ideas...