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    Improving grain cooling

    Looking for ideas on how to cool grain - something we need to get better at. We currently use pedesatals, but with a shed width of 33' per side, they're a bit wide for one but too narrow for two. Arguably more fans and auto controls would help improve things and is an option worth considering...
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    Direct drill longevity

    Just contemplating a few options There's been a lot more direct drills both come onto the market and been sold these last few years, but what is taking the test of time well, and what is becoming quickly uneconomical to run? Some of them seem to have a lot of moving parts to wear out. Our old...
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    Quantifying cover crops

    Having had a bit of a review and made a few changes (as we seem to do, almost continually tweaking) I wondered how everyone else has approached the slightly thorny issue of quantifying cover crop establishment. A bit of history: 2011 - 25ac of mustard, sown by 4m Amazone combi after a...
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    Lesser known drill......

    http://www.agrisem.com/en/products/seeding/sem/no-till_seed_drills Does anyone know anything about these drills? Look quite SimTech like Just looking at upgrading my potato fert hopper with a view to it feeding a dd toolbar in due course
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    Front fert hoppers

    For the last 10 or so years, we've used an Andrew Guest Accord hopper to place DAP on our potato planter, reasonably successfully. It's not without flaws though, there is a limit to how fast we can plant, and how much fert we can meter out without the thing jamming/wheel skipping/backpressure...
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    Efficient or underpowered? Changes over the years...

    It's widely accepted that there are less people, and less tractors farming a similar area now to 40yrs ago - it's interesting to put some numbers to it Just worked mine out. 40yrs ago we were farming 40acres per tractor, 80ac/man. Power worked out at 1.45hp/ac (just tractors) Workload...
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    Making compost - tips please!

    I am looking at the potential of making compost as a soil improver, partly to get more benefit from the muck on the farm. I've done a little reading, but need to do more. Malcolm Beck seems to be a man that talks in practical terms, think I'll have a read of his book. Currently we produce about...
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    Drill dilemma....

    We have an armoury of drills, but....there is always a better way! Current lineup: 2001 Kockerling AT300, bought from a member on this very forum a few years ago. Its now mostly used for drilling beans 5" deep, which it is very good at. It leaves too rough a job ideally for cereals, and is very...
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    Cover crop pre direct drilled beet?

    Maybe a crazy idea this. I have a 12acre field coming beet, thats a bit more bodied than ideal. Normal for us pre beet is to plough and press sometime between November and Feb, once muck has become available, spread, and ground conditions allow. Sometimes miss out the muck on the bodied land...
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    Beet drill advice

    Our beet contractor is slowly retiring. He has sold his harvester to a younger up and coming contractor, who has lifted half of our beet so far this season, and made a good job. If we weren't growing spuds, I'd probably lift my own, but right now, contracting it out works best. Financially...
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    Polyhalite in potatoes

    Interested in the veiws/experiences of others here. Assuming I'm crazy enough to keep growing bloody potatoes....... Polyhalite is fairly well priced and contains K, Mg, So3 and Ca. The calcium element interests me particularly - in many cases I think it is an underrated nutrient in potatoes...
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    How deep will a Moore drill beans?

    Normally, we drill winter beans on heavy land in the second week of October, or thereabouts, about 5" deep with our Kockerling AT300 drill. We run a tine bar on the tractor, and it makes a good job. This year, it's too wet for that. We have a young 3m Moore Unidrill, used for cover crops, oats...
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    Fuel tank supplier

    We're just on servicing an irrigation pump, and on cleaning the fuel tank out, find it to be rusty to the point of porous, hence they need to be replaced. They are slim tanks, sitting either side of the pump, between the wheels. Rough measurements 4' long, 2'6" high and 10" wide, hold about...
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    Outdoor wifi repeater and weather station

    Hello, a bit of advice required, if you'd be so kind, for this computer numpty (me) I have been fortunate enough to get a Countryside productivity grant to part fund a weather station and wireless repeater. I have a good contact for the weather station, but repeaters are a bit of a minefield...
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    agrisalesltd

    I see another business has set up from Southfield Farm, Wilberfoss....
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    Buying tractors - the options

    I am currently looking at replacing my venerable old MF 7480. 11yrs and 12460hrs of service, and its got to a point where things are a bit worn. In the 11yrs I've had it, tractor prices have at least doubled!!:(:eek::rolleyes: Because its a bit old and tired, its not worth a tremendous sum as...
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    The changing face of potato contracts...

    In what has become an ever higher risk, for slimmer reward industry, with ever less people involved in it (be that growers or customers), its becoming increasingly difficult to see the way forward in the potato game. It has been mooted in certain areas that a 'Take All' contract may be one...
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    JCB Loadall gearbox usability

    In our telehandler fleet, we have: 2001 JCB 530/70 - here since 2yo, now a bit over 10,000hrs, blissfully simple and one of the most reliable machines we have ever owned. Bit slow in the hydraulics, and gets hot if pushed hard, but perfectly capable still. 40k, turbo, air con, 3t 7m etc. 2005...
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    Farmer proof ipad

    Im looking for an iPad to run greenlight mostly, and customers websites remotely from the tractor or pickup. Its mostly for inputting info, logging evidence (pics) re a particular crop, making best use of the agronomists muddy boots recs and saving me typing them into the very unintuitive...
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    Growing seed

    Not something we've done much of before, beyond FSS winter beans and spring oats. This season, for various reasons, we have a field of spring beans. Its never seen beans in the 28yrs we've been here, so I thought it suitable for a seed crop, to increase its margin. Worth a look anyway. The...
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