Good advice thank you. The leys here have been permanent pasture for years and are now dominated by grass weeds and rushes so I’m keen to start afresh. Really our cattle should be inside in the winter but we don’t have the space nor time and labour to do this. For grass leys we’d only drill in...
A lot of maize grown so yes it is in demand but I know it’s also a very fussy crop. I was thinking rye might be a better option on our sand.
No one grows veg here to be honest. It’s either maize, grass or combinables. Rainfall isn’t high enough without irrigation.
@DrWazzock yes of course but I question whether it’s even a risk worth taking as you say.
SB Westminster sounds very appealing. How do you incorporate the muck before direct drilling?
I presume your sand is very light and leaches nutrients fast? That’s the kind we got here in South Dorset.
@DrWazzock That’s very helpful advice, thanks for jumping in on my thread.
The continuous SB is interesting, would this go for wholecrop for your cattle or combine it? As you say dry summers are no good for establishing forage brassicas so I’ll probably write it off this year.
Whilst we have...
Thanks for the reply.
I’m south Dorset so not much rainfall in the summer and spring but being on the marshes we do get a lot of water in winter.
According to Met Office our average rainfall is 800-1000mm a year which is not a lot considering we are on light sand.
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We are a beef farm on former sandy heathland that we now graze and cut for hay. Soil is very light and sandy with some clayey bits but this is mostly SSSI. pH low 5’s so have just limed our two best forage fields at 3t/acre with the 2mm to dust stuff.....I...