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    £200/t wheat ...

    Thanks for that Hindsight. Think Cope's a crop circle obsessive now isn't he? Bless my cotton socks, I'll answer your other question later
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    Groundswell 2021

    Not yet, waiting for a sunny's got a fair bit of rubbish growing with it. Not helped by the cattle escaping a couple of times and then settling in the wheat to eat the companion weeds and clover. It's going to be fun combining
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    Extase potential problems

    About 6t/ha...everything looked brilliant until the weather changed
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    izona drill

    And we've ended up with something that looks like a ploughed field
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    An interesting piece from the BBC Future Planet section on the importance of death in a natural environment

    Derek Gow, the beaver man, has built a ten foot high platform on his farm which he stocks with carcasses. I was reading about this recently, I can't think where, but he gets amazing bird activity and even the odd vulture. Presumably the sky tomb is ok as it won't frighten the ramblers or pass on...
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    The supermarkets are not our friends. If we all produced a uniform product which fitted perfectly into their horrible polystyrene packs, do you honestly think we'd all be paid top dollar? The food system is dysfunctional and farmers get the smallest amount out of it. Rather than bowing and...
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    Straw rake on mole plough?

    We've got a disc on it, but there's a few small balled up heaps of straw from drilling cover crop into the stubble with a tine drill. We try and keep it hugging the ground, but damp and lumpy straw is sometimes too much. Ideal would be, as KP says, a row-cleaner just to flick it out of the way...
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    Straw rake on mole plough?

    Has anyone tried to fix some kind of arrangement to the front of a mole plough beam to deflect chopped straw away, to stop it balling up under the beam and lifting the mole? Ours is dragged round by an old crawler, so no front linkage to fix an acrobat wheel to (which I guess would be an option).
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    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    Ant hills everywhere this year, I don't know if it's the ant-eggs that the starlings are eating when they follow the mob, or grass-hoppers maybe, which are also having a good year. Tripped over a wok sized ant hill yesterday. I usually end up humming the old Bob Dylan song that has that line in...
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    Pasture Cropping

    Recording of Andy Cato's great presentation at Groundswell. He tells of his various attempts at pasture cropping and why he thinks it's an important way forward for organic wheat growing. The interesting bit will be how well it works in the UK, he seems to have it sorted in SW France. The...
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    Groundswell 2021

    To be fair, the FW have been running a few stories they picked up at the show and will probably continue to do so for a while. Other papers are likewise dibbling out pieces...there were a lot of ideas floating about that should be of interest to their readers! On that point, a handful of videos...
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    Fair enough, your opinion, but surprisingly strident for someone who obviously hasn't been paying attention to what this project is about, which is not abandoning land.
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    Just rereading this thread, as I finally got to visit Knepp last weekend. It was fascinating to see how each field had transformed itself, we walked through a series of what had been 8 acre arable fields, all left to do their own thing at much the same time, but each one had its own dominant...
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    Cover crop into standing wheat

    How are you going to spread/plant it?