Ive let a neighbour loose growing fodder beet on some lightish land (some clay patches). Due to be lifted in Nov by a beet contractor. Been no till since 2014-5.
I am not looking fwd to the aftermath once its been lifted, want to get some WW in there, if it dries up in Dec or Jan. I have a LD...
Drilled the 80ac yesterday. 250kg and some liquid fert. Pelleted. Some open slots but not bad.
Concerned about the acids given off by decaying grass. Hope I’m just begging paranoid! Hope the plants can get going sooner rather than later.
I’ve taken the considered decision that I’m just gonna drill wheat straight into the 60 acres of AB15. Rammed with root.
Any cultivation is only going to make the situation worse was what my agronomist said
This time I DD Trit straight into residue/thick volunteers. Chopped the straw.
Straw hangs around a long time so bales or shallow incorporation may be better. It formed a mat in places thus preventing the soil from drying so I borrowed a rake - did the job
TBF it pays well, the insects love it and good for soil no doubt about that. I got it from a senior NE adviser that you can keep it in the same place for 5yrs. Establishing it twice. So thats what we did. Got a year of WW then back into AB15 for another 5 yrs...