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  1. Michael S

    Sky Easy Drill

    I have used 6m and 8m Moore drills, which the Easy Drill is a rip off of, for almost 30 years and would say that in tillage situations there is not a problem covering seed. In no-till you need to keep the speed down to stop excessive soil throw from the discs leaving seed uncovered.
  2. Michael S

    New telehandler time

    We replaced 20 plus year old CAT TH62 and Matbro TR250-110 last year with a Kramer KT447 and a JCB TM320S and absolutely no regrets on either account. We bought the Kramer from Farol even though they are some distance from us. We wanted a pin and cone headstock which is available from the...
  3. Michael S

    Greedy Maltsters

    I've said for many years maltsters were put on this earth to make millers look like reasonable people.
  4. Michael S

    Extase potential problems

    My understanding is that Extase isn't very tolerant of late frosts and frosts in May can lead to aborted grain sites. Basically don't drill it too early and not at all in areas prone to late frosts. This is different to Moulin which suffered from poor pollination, particularly if it is wet at...
  5. Michael S

    Cloned Plate

    We had this 10 plus years ago with our Land Rover 110 registration, except the vehicle description the Met police gave was a Disco. I sent a picture of the 110 double cab with an Ifor back on it and never heard from them again.
  6. Michael S

    Autumn manure banned

    Yup, but perhaps safety in numbers. I have heard today from well informed source EA may yet back down this autumn so may not be the right thing to do. I still think fill their inbox to overflowing will send a message.
  7. Michael S

    Autumn manure banned

    I think it is important, indeed I would urge everyone to tell the EA that they are using this RPS otherwise next spring they will shrug their shoulders and say it isn't affecting many farms so we can press on and ban outright autumn spreading beyond crop need. I sent my email this morning, if...
  8. Michael S

    Autumn manure banned

    From the EA QA paper: "16. Applying solid FYM in the spring when growing cereal crops is not very practical. Organic manure can be applied in the autumn provided there is a soil and crop need or would not give rise to a significant risk of diffuse pollution. Provided the amount of readily...
  9. Michael S

    Autumn manure banned

    I don't think FYM is a problem because the N isn't readily available providing you have P indices 2 or less and can demonstrate in Manner-NPK maximum leaching of 5kgN/ha:
  10. Michael S

    Autumn manure banned

    I actually thought that their email headline was misleading.
  11. Michael S

    Autumn manure banned

    Having consumed much of the morning looking into this I have found this BASIS/FACTS communication: https://basis.synapture.co.uk/Portals/0/Documents/Blog%20Docs/Final%20Farming%20Rules%20for%20Water%20-%20FACTS%20communication%203rd%20Aug.pdf?ver=2021-08-03-095915-330&timestamp=1627981109585...
  12. Michael S

    Autumn manure banned

    We could always move them while (or if) it is dry this autumn!
  13. Michael S

    Autumn manure banned

    That is the way I read it. Basically you can store it forever but no allowance is made for the practicalities of spreading it in the spring on heavy land. In my case it would have to be on a crop of winter wheat so no incorporation. At a practical level my Shelbourne spreader could just about...
  14. Michael S

    Kramer telehandlers

    I'd say the 320 almost every time, the one place the 320 can lose out is in backing out on pallet work if you run out of lock where the Kramer's shorter overall length can be an advantage. The only advantage I see in the rigid truck is the greater lift height on offer when needed.
  15. Michael S

    Kramer telehandlers

    We have had a 447 for a year and no complaints apart from a cab mount that was incorrectly assembled at the factory. Everyone seems to like driving it, even those of us who still prefer the JCB TM320s pivot steer we bought at about the same time. Only caveat I would add is that we are...
  16. Michael S

    Best way of Mixing/blending seed.

    I have done this too, just alternate the seed types as you put them in starting in one corner and keep going round the hopper. As Simon says the seed seems to come out evenly, especially if you do a few calibrations before you start.
  17. Michael S

    Autumn manure banned

    I'm struggling to see how I will deal with FYM applications other than in the autumn on my ex aerodrome Ragdale and heavier phase Handslope soils. I currently apply around 700t FYM each autumn spread thinly at 15t/ha in front of winter wheat, either after wheat or herbage seed stubbles. I also...
  18. Michael S

    Best way of Mixing/blending seed.

    I have used tote bins before I got an old feed mixer off Ebay. I think that bags would work similarly to tote bins. Put the correct proportions in one bag and run it through into another bag, ideally not too fast, and repeat a few times. The funneling effect causes the seeds to mix as it flows.
  19. Michael S

    Tough phones

    I remain happy with my Armor 7, long battery life, works well as a phone for speaking on, seems to run the common apps I use just fine. It is quite large and heavy which other people comment on but I don't particularly notice. Only small downside I see is no upgrade to later versions of Android...
  20. Michael S

    Dodgy bastewards

    Back to OPs problem I have found that 101ing the registration number reporting that you suspect drug driving (you could smell it when you walked past) seems to do the trick, certainly if the driver has been taking drugs. It doesn't illicit an instant police response but it cleared up an issue...
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