cover crops

  1. A J Rimmer

    Shooting tenant farm

    I've asked this in the Tenant section but as long as nobody minds i'll stick it in here too as I really could do with as much advice as possible. A query for those tenants amongst us (or those with knowledge on such matters). Our landlord has upped his commercial shooting enterprise. The farm...
  2. CopperBeech

    Moving sheep on a lorry during / post tupping.

    Sure it’s been asked many times, but how long after tups have gone in would you be comfortable putting ewes on a lorry to new keep. Journey would be about an hour maybe.
  3. MX7

    Why are Velcourt not direct/zero drilling on a large scale?

    As above, as I thought they made themselves out to be a progressive farming business. :scratchhead:
  4. Direct Driller Magazine

    Featured Farmer - Ed Reynolds

    Farm Facts: Ed Reynolds 327ha arable farm in west Cambridgeshire growing combinable crops on clay The land is 71% owned, 29% contract farming agreement 1 fulltime employee, 0.5 myself + casual staff at harvest When I started farming there were two choices: conventional and organic. We were...
  5. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus – Neil White

    Farmer Focus – Neil White 2021 has seen me, after 5 years, drill into cover crops for the first time. I had a big volunteer oat crop due to cutting wet oats at harvest, which I left into winter. Every cloud has a silver lining though as this then provided some winter grazing for a neighbour’s...
  6. Direct Driller Magazine

    The Journey into Regenerative Farming

    The Journey into Regenerative Farming Written by William Waterfield from The Farm Consultancy Group The ending of BPS in 2027 and the knowledge that the income received from BPS will be halved in 2025 is a making a lot of arable farmers review their business. Combine this with the last DEFRA...
  7. B

    Elms & the Livestock Farmer

    Isn't it time that DEFRA owned up & admitted that they see arable farmers as the spawn of the Devil with their ploughs, heavy machinery & chemical soaked soils where as livestock & mixed farmers with their lovely pastures, meadows, flowers & hedges have surely been delivered from the loins of...
  8. Direct Driller Magazine

    Could living mulch be the ‘holy grail’ of arable farming?

    Could living mulch be the ‘holy grail’ of arable farming? Written by Pete Williams from The Soil Association A team of six farmers is trialling growing a living mulch under cash crops – if they’re successful, they say the practice could eliminate the need for artificial inputs, cut costs and...
  9. S

    Establishing cover crops

    Bear with me here, At the moment we run a plough/press then power harrow drill system (6m with a front tank for the seed on the biggest tractor which is 270hp). For cover crops if its just a cereal we spin it on and then cultivate it in with a Lemken Karat. For more expensive stuff such as...
  10. Agriland RSS

    Soil carbon sequestration: Is it a geographic lottery?

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Farmers face a ‘geographic lottery’ in terms of soil carbon sequestration, if plans to reward them financially for increasing soil carbon stocks are to be introduced, two leading soil scientists have confirmed. Rothamsted Research Prof. Andrew Neal...
  11. CHAPs News

    Innovation to overcome regen ag challenges

    Innovation to overcome regen ag challenges ON-FARM challenges faced when transitioning to regenerative agriculture, and how to overcome them, were explored during a recent webinar hosted by agri-tech innovation centre, CHAP. Welcoming more than 100 farmers, agronomists, researchers and...
  12. CopperBeech

    Lamb fattening options

    Been offered more keep and trying to work out what to put where (or what to buy). One block was drilled as turnips but is mostly just leaf, the other is fodder beet, a good crop but a bit weedy so they can’t be arsed to lift it. Would they fatten lambs ? I have grazed plenty of fodder beet with...
  13. CPM RSS

    Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme may lead to ‘postcode lottery’ over soil carbon

    Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine Farmers face a ‘postcode lottery’ if plans to reward them financially for increasing soil carbon stocks are to be introduced, warns Rothamsted soil scientists. Presenting their data this week at the University of Cambridge, Rothamsted’s...
  14. Steevo

    Will you be looking to take part in the future SFI/ELMS scheme? - 7/12/21

    I ran one of these on 21st September 2021. Someone suggested running another given we have had some more recent announcements, so here it is. Same question as before: Based on your current understandings of the scheme today, will you be looking to take part in the future SFI/ELMS scheme...
  15. S

    What is the best to do with uncut grass crop.

    I have been told I can take silage of a few fields that were not cut this year. I was going to get a flail topper in April / May and mulch the lot to feed the new crop. I have since been told that I would be better to cut and bale the crop in May for rough silage for the Highlands then bale what...
  16. Spudmaster

    Spreading chicken (layer) muck accurately at 12m - is it doable?

    We produce (and use) a lot of chicken sh*t. Historically we have spread and incorporated ahead of drilling (plough or sumo). With 95% of our cropping being autumn sown - we need a pretty major re-think in light of the EA’s seemingly non-negotiable stance… It is inevitable that our rotation will...
  17. ajd132

    Claydon or Triton

    Would like to open our drilling windows up with a mounted direct tine drill. Claydon and triton I know are different designs/concepts but they are the two I would choose between. any thoughts welcome
  18. Greythundercloudys

    New soil health payments.

    You guys going to get some payments for keeping soil healthy threw the winter.
  19. Janet Hughes Defra

    Sustainable farming incentive details published today

    Morning all Today we'll be publishing some information about how the sustainable farming incentive will work when we start rolling it out from next year in England. I'll post the links here as soon as they're online, and will be here on this thread over the next few days to answer your...
  20. J

    Cambridge rolls to desiccate cover crops?

    What are peoples views and experiences on rolling cover crops to desicate them on a frost? We have a mix of Tillage radish, Lilla Phacellia and Ovidio Berseen Clover on some land going into spring crops. we drill using a Weaving Sabre tine and I am worried about having to much trash in the...
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