1. G

    Weed/haulm puller

    Looking for a weed puller for physically pulling charlock out of brassica crops. New, used or even designs to fabricate one for next year! Thanks.
  2. W

    Blackgrass chemical attack

    I know there’s another general BG thread but this is just a particular question about chemicals. Basically what are your ‘chemical’ approaches to BG. We aren’t doing a proper job so looking for ideas please.
  3. GAM


    Is it the year of the "Dandelion"? I have a field this year absolutely covered in dandelions, never had any for the past 5 years!
  4. H

    Will we be ploughing for re seeding in the future?

    With farmers taking the blame for wrecking the planet do you think we will be ploughing up permanent grassland to re seed?
  5. Jerry

    Lucerne for sheep

    These dry springs are starting to get to me and I need a decent option to make fodder for winter use. Anyone one fed wrapped lucerne to in lamb ewes on over winter roots and after lambing on grass? I have a field that is a dry light field that I think might suit it as a crop for 3 years as a...
  6. D

    SSSI Spring Barley herbicides

    Hi folks, just been granted consent to plant some spring barley on SSSI. Unfortunately they have refused consent to let me use Ally Max as a herbicide as they deem it toxic to bugs etc. They have asked me to submit application for consent for alternatives. Thought the collective brains on here...
  7. grahampadfield

    Milk taint

    Thanks for all the suggestions. The taint is definitely in the silage. Changed silage, taint stopped. But we still don’t know what weed has caused the taint. Will just have to separate the weedy silage somehow next time I suppose
  8. cotswoldcs

    Kale/ Turnips alternatives

    I've been growing kale, turnips, hybrid rape here in a rotation for many years now. I've got one field, currently in fodder beet that's got a problem with charlock and I'm concerned that putting it in turnips/kale this spring will result in a mass of charlock. What would you recommend as a...
  9. grahampadfield

    Milk smell

    Milk taint smell. We are organic and have had huge problems with tainted milk. Suspected ...TBC, teat dip, ketosis. Etc eventually stopped feeding last seasons silage. Fed some 4 year old silage from the back end of the clamp. The milk is no longer tainted. Must be the charlock/dandelions or...
  10. S

    Organic no till

    Folks, happy to be redirected if you have had this conversation but looking for any and all advice. The battle between looking after the soil structure and dealing with weeds without the hallowed Glysophate. I emailed the editor of PFI and DD who acknowledged the clash and recommended a shallow...
  11. Jerry

    State of your crops?

    Given the late drilling date and the amount of rain that’s gone on them I’m pleasantly pleased with the state of my crops. I do have two small fields that are below par but most are looking well. How are others looking? Wheat and barley below, no rape this year but locally it looks well.
  12. czechmate

    A question to those with experience of Dicurane

    We have a product here (one called Vario) that has the same make up as dicurane used to have. I have some here for use but never managed to get any on. When I used to use it in the uk, it was always in November (usually seemed to be during children in need week) and actually I can’t remember how...
  13. Banana Bar

    Oil radish

    Sprayed off our cover crops 4 weeks ago, some of the oil radish had set pods and seed at that point. Out of curiosity I tried to grow some seed taken from a few pods this week. Is it going to be an issue in peas and beans? The seed is very well protected from rain in the pod so I doubt it will...
  14. Chips

    Weed Surfer Hire

    Is there anyone who hires weedsurfers out ? I'm based in Shropshire I don't grow a big acerage so can't justify a new one but our organic Oats are chocker full of Charlock and it seems to get worse every year now . Or does anyone know of a secondhand one for sale ?
  15. Zippy768

    Winter Beans Pre-Em

    So Blackgrass, Cleavers and Charlock are the main issues. For Blackgrass, Kerb is the only effective option. And needs to be pre-em? (Blackgrass isnt awful) How well would a Nirvana work on Cleavers? Could I get away with dropping the rate of Nirvana and boosting with some straight Pend and...
  16. D

    Power Harrow Combis, Are they really any good?

    As title. Are they any better than an MF30 drilling onto power harrowed ploughed land after its dried off a bit? To me the weight on the back of the tractor looks horrendous and the dainty little suffolk coulters don't look up to the job. It looks like a steam roller closely followed by smear...
  17. N

    winter oats

    hi whats the best options for grass and weed sprays on oats these days as alot of sprays are no longer available thanks
  18. D

    dormancy of charlock

    Local folklaw is that charlock will live in the soil for 100 years. As a brassica grower including swedes under nets, I certaily have fields that will never be used for swedes in my lifetime. I do dispute the 100 year figure, my Dad bought land in 1986 totally infested. It has been arable...
  19. 4

    osr sowing survival strategy

    ive not grown w osr for years ,but due to this last years cropping /resowings etc amhaving to put in an extra couple of fields into a break so have sown one of them in osr last monday, having just walked it can find plenty thats chitted and sending a root out helped by the moisture from the...
  20. D

    Glyphosate wetter

    Soz, I know this has come up many times, just can't be bothered searching. When using cheap glyphosate at say 3 l/ha what's a cost efficient wetter to use with it? Everyone has been enthusiastic about LI700 from memory, what sort of price is it currently and what rate? Any other options?