cover crop

  1. Bogweevil

    Beet neonics back

    https://www.gov.uk/government/news/emergency-pesticide-authorisation-approved-to-protect-sugar-beet-if-specific-conditions-are-met Defra has today approved an emergency temporary authorisation for the use of a neonicotinoid pesticide treatment on the 2022 sugar beet crop in England only due to...
  2. paul&mandy

    Fattening lambs off grass

    Anyone do this on a fairly large scale? Will be for around 2000 lambs. Turnips will be possibly out of the loop. Any pointers for what seed mix to drill after rape either short term or longer term leys. I'm guessing the short term leys I could graze this autumn?
  3. jackrussell101

    How many units of nitrogen for a first wheat thats been after a long term grass ley?

    As above really, just wondering if I can get away without putting as much N on and not detrimentally affecting the yield, it's been grass for 10 years before with regular lashings of slurry etc
  4. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    Morning all and happy new year. Further to the information we published about the Sustainable Farming Incentive in December (see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sustainable-farming-incentive-how-the-scheme-will-work-in-2022), today we're publishing information about the 2 other new...
  5. D

    Public Accounts Committee enquiry into ELMS

    Have just received the Public Accounts Committee report on ELMS, and associated press release. I think 'damning' pretty much covers it. It is embargoed until Sunday so will post on here then, just starting a thread now in case anyone else who has had it is less worried about such niceties and...
  6. D

    AHDB can feck right off.

    We Eat Balanced 2022 starts today, so thought I would be a good little levy payer and share the social media. Well, that's not happening. WTF is it with this industry ? Why are we so utterly incapable of promoting ourselves - all of us - rather than this constant 'some farms are better than...
  7. Direct Driller Magazine

    Challenging autumn weather underlines the need to tailor crop establishment approach to prevailing conditions

    Written by Jeff Claydon Establishing winter wheat on the Claydon farm during October with the new 6m Claydon Evolution 6 mounted drill. Despite a stop-start harvest and the very changeable weather which followed, Suffolk farmer Jeff Claydon was able to establish all the planned area of...
  8. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus - Neil White

    Berwickshire farmer Neil White calls for clarity and equity in their baseline carbon audit on his farm after six years of No-till Harvest 2021 was, in the end, better than expected. The crops came out of the wet cold spring looking respectable, but then continually improved to culminate in...
  9. M

    Cover crops/ploughing

    Discussion time....I am a sprayer driver and haven't had much to do with ploughing/cover/direct drilling. However I try to stay up to date. I understand every area. Soil type is different. What I see when watching ploughing is all the birds come down to eat the worms but aren't they good for the...
  10. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus - Julian Gold

    November 2021 I was not sorry to see the end of harvest 2021. A combination of low yielding OSR, a large acreage of Firefly wheat that broke down to Septoria, disappointing Extase yields and spring barley that was flattened by August rains meant that it was not a vintage year for us. Luckily...
  11. Direct Driller Magazine

    Soil Farmer of the Year 2021

    The Soil Farmer of the Year competition has been running since 2015, providing a platform for individuals and businesses to demonstrate how soil management can build environmental and economic resilience. The competition aims to recognise, promote and champion farmers who are passionate about...
  12. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus - Andrew Jackson

    Farmer Focus - December 2021 Harvest has come and gone. Yields were good but could have been better had the growing season not been so variable. We had trimmed our Nitrogen rates to 160 Kg/N/Ha for wheat and OSR, but huge swings of yields within the fields told me that the yield had not been...
  13. G

    AB9, vetch or phacelia?

    Anyone added vetch or phacelia to AB9 mix? They obvs produce seeds (as I can buy the seed). Like the idea of fixing a bit of N with the vetch, and getting some good growth with phacelia on the light sand land. Anyone know what RPA think to vetch or phacelia?
  14. Wobblebox

    2 combines vs. 1

    Didn’t want to hijack the other thread currently running but I’m thinking about the opposite and running 2 combines instead of 1. Currently cutting 700 acres with an 11 plate NH CX8070 with 25ft cut, and a range of cropping from winter OSR and winter barley, winter wheat and spring beans. I aim...
  15. Direct Driller Magazine

    Practical Soil Biology

    Written by Robert Patton from Plantworks UK ‘It was a new day yesterday but by God it’s an old day now’. The briefest of reflections on the COVID I could dream up, courtesy of Jethro Tull (worthy of pointing out to the younger audience not the chap that developed the seed drill). While we...
  16. Direct Driller Magazine

    Agronomist in Focus - Dick Neale from Hutchinsons

    Catch and cover crop choices play significant part in positive transition to Sustainable Farming Initiative When any new technique is employed its initial benchmark for success is a measure of the financial return it provides over the technique it replaces or enhances. In that respect cover...
  17. Direct Driller Magazine

    Cover crops to increase soil microbial diversity and mitigate decline in perennial agriculture

    Authored by Eric Vukicevich, Tom Lowery, Pat Bowen, José Ramon Úrbez-Torres & Miranda Hart Published in Agronomy for Sustainable Development volume 36, Article number: 48 (2016) Abstract Commercial perennial agriculture is prone to declining productivity due to negative plant-soil feedback...
  18. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus - David White

    Harvest 2021 roundup at Hawk Mill, an East Anglian perspective. September 2021 Today, the 2nd September we finished harvest 2021. We tried on several occasions over the past week but the continued dull weather with early morning drizzle has prevented us from crossing the finish line, but today...
  19. Direct Driller Magazine

    Industrial Hemp - Understanding the Opportunity for UK farmers

    This article was “Written by Camilla Hayselden-Ashby, Nuffield Scholar 2021 Hemp, Cannabis with a low level of the psychoactive compound THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), has seen a global upsurge in interest in the last decade. This has been driven by the growing popularity of CBD as a food...
  20. Direct Driller Magazine

    Comparing infiltration rates in soils managed with conventional and alternative farming methods

    Comparing infiltration rates in soils managed with conventional and alternative farming methods: A meta-analysis Written by Andrea D. Basche and Marcia S. DeLonge, published: September 19, 2019. Republished under original Copyright. Introduction There is a need to develop more resilient...
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