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  1. Charles Quick

    Claas GPS Pilot - Third Party GPS?

    That's the thing, I don't think the DB9 is even a serial port. Certainly no data I can find about it! No menu settings either for NMEA input, baud rate, etc.
  2. Charles Quick

    uk going gm

    Quite. Slippery slope toward being sold the license to the crop as part of an 'agronomy pack', eventually reducing the farmer to little more than vehicle operator, with the real control in corporate hands. I believe GE/GM is a very powerful tool and am excited by it. I studied the technology...
  3. Charles Quick

    GPS Auto Steering Kits for Agricultural Machinery with RTK Base station, ISOBUS and WIFI camera

    Yes I've got a Trimble FMX taking corrections from my Ublox F9P base, just injecting the 1008 message. Seems to work well. On the other hand, never could get a Topcon AGI-3 to accept my stream for any length of time. I'm guessing the FJD unit is based on the Skytraq PX1122R. Would be...
  4. Charles Quick

    Direct/Strip-till drilling photo gallery

    There was a fair bit of N leftover from previous cropping, perhaps 100kg. Otherwise nothing at all except 15kg/ha seed. I think it could be a useful component of a cover drilled in July, behind winter barley or OSR perhaps. But with new seed at £3.50 a kg it doesn't stack up for me unless I can...
  5. Charles Quick

    Direct/Strip-till drilling photo gallery

    Late May. Was an experiment to see if I could save seed from it, as it's quite pricey. Ended up as a maize maze type attraction for our PYO instead. It didn't like the cold, dull start to life, so I'll probably try again next year and see if it matures any faster
  6. Charles Quick

    Direct/Strip-till drilling photo gallery

    Yes, with the Pre-em after drilling. Would have had no chance spraying off beforehand! Means the weeds at the bottom are hopefully more exposed to the chemical, too
  7. Charles Quick

    Direct/Strip-till drilling photo gallery

    Was glad for GPS yesterday! Drilling rye into an 8ft Sudangrass cover
  8. Charles Quick

    New CLAAS Combine?

    Swath was very fluffy and tall, the straw seemed good quality. I was told it's a tradeoff between straw quality and output, and it wasn't being pushed hard yesterday. I didn't take much notice of t/hr, but I think it was mid 30's cutting 17% wheat.
  9. Charles Quick

    New CLAAS Combine?

    The Lexion would be twin rotor. Otherwise very little, the marketing chap agreed that it could steal a lot of lexion market share in the near term. Especially if you want a basic ish spec but with the newer cab and features. I'm only guessing they must have a new line of lexions in the works to...
  10. Charles Quick

    New CLAAS Combine?

    Had a play with one today - 730 single rotor on tracks. Lovely to drive, cab is a big improvement and I can now stretch my legs out properly! Very quiet and smooth. Lots of cubby holes. Mechanically much more simplified, less panelwork to catch dust, fewer hydraulic lines criss crossing about...
  11. Charles Quick

    Anyone used agopen?

    Mostly happy, and I am still supplying them as part of the kit to my beta testers, but I now think for future designs I will go back to the BNO. About once a day on one of my boxes, the heading will start jittering by a few degrees which wreaks havoc with the steering. A restart sorts it but I...
  12. Charles Quick

    Which GPS??

    The basics are simple to set up and with just a GPS receiver it is pretty much plug and play. Of course there are more advanced ways of using it, and many of the discussions are from people trying to do something different, or experimenting with a new feature, etc. You can download the...
  13. Charles Quick

    Which GPS??

    Depends which one you buy, but anything based on the Ublox F9P will be comparable or better than any 'real' GPS receiver, and will be fully RTK capable if you ever want it. The main reason the domes on commercial units are so big is the internal ground plane - the antenna is near enough the...
  14. Charles Quick

    Which GPS??

    Cheap windows tablet, USB GPS receiver and AgOpenGPS? Could be done for less than £300 if you buy a used computer. Would be fully upgradeable to RTK and autosteer, section control, etc if you wanted in the future, too.
  15. Charles Quick

    Nelson wheat

    Costs £7 more per ha (which I'm happy enough with) More concerned with their terms: "you should note BIPO reserves the right to audit your records to ensure compliance with the agreement. Please retain records of your purchase or processing of seed and field records showing area and sowing...
  16. Charles Quick

    Nelson wheat

    Got a letter through today explaining they are moving Nelson to the BIPO royalty scheme. Agronomically I think it's great but sadly, I think it has to leave the farm.
  17. Charles Quick

    Establishing Catch Crops

    I bought mine from a pet food wholesaler, minimum order was a tonne delivered as a pallet of 25kg bags. So if there's a few of you locally to share an order then it can work well. £600/t ish from memory, 99% germination on my batch, but your mileage may vary, if for example they have been...
  18. Charles Quick

    Establishing Catch Crops

    japanese millet sunflowers field beans or peas buckwheat All very fast growers if the conditions are right, and all can be got either as FSS or bird seed
  19. Charles Quick

    Establishing Catch Crops

    If you can get cheap seed drilled early enough there certainly is a benefit This was sunflower, phacelia, peas and buckwheat grown between OSR and Wheat last year: (although I think it would've been a solid 6ft tall if I had given it 40kg N)
  20. Charles Quick

    Complexity kills small businesses?

    I think around 80% of the profit in an enterprise can be achieved with around 20 - 30% of the effort and cost. The rest is diminishing returns toward chasing perfection. So if I can run 4 or 5 reasonable enterprises in the time it takes to run 1 really good one, I'd choose the former. I'm not...
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