1. TFF

    How contradictory EU policies led to the development of a pest doi:10.1111/gcbb.12922

    How contradictory EU policies led to the development of a pest: the story of oilseed rape and the cabbage stem flea beetle Authors: Patricia Ortega-Ramos,Samantha M. Cook,Alice L. Mauchline Abstract Oilseed rape can be used to produce biodiesel which can substitute non-renewable fuels for...
  2. D

    Pigeons in osr?

    pigeons in oil seed rape anyone?
  3. Flat 10

    Integral Pro oilseed dressing

    Seems to be an elicitor type product similar to those used in beet priming. Anybody noticed any difference or more snake oil??
  4. 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...
  5. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus - Clive Bailye

    R and R ………….. September 2021 Harvest 2021 was the second in succession where the combine saw no rapeseed through its 12m header. At least this time it was planned, as not an acre was planted following the 100% loss of our 2020 crop. This we redrilled with Linseed after finding most of the...
  6. Direct Driller Magazine

    Durham farm trials put solid science into biological farming

    Durham farm trials put solid science into biological farming Spring barley profits from improved soil biology and structure Detailed trials assessing a broad range of regenerative farming strategies on a progressive Durham farm are putting some solid science into efforts to improve arable...
  7. 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...
  8. snarling bee

    DD Drill and SLUGS

    I had a demo of an Avatar drill in October. We drilled WW straight into straw removed wheat stubble and then continued onto cultivated ground. Compared to a tine drill and Vaderstad in the same field there is a huge amount more slug damage, both on the stubble and cultivated ground. Nothing was...
  9. Laggard


    Is there any difference in OSR yield between Kerb/Astrokerb/not sprayed? Any data somebody can point me towards please?
  10. A


    Can anyone give me some tips on how to grow a better crop of swedes. Am only doing it on a small scale about 1 1/2 acres. Using treated ruta otofte seed through a Webb precision seeder onto ploughed and rotavated ground onto drills. Applied boronated fertilizer. The crop was poor this year a lot...
  11. Laggard

    2022 Sugar beet price not enough

    Spring barley @ £250/t looks a lot easier
  12. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus - Rob Raven

    The phrase “Regenerative agriculture” is a relative newcomer to our collective vocabulary, and although it roughly describes the type of farming I attempt to practice, it is not a phrase that sits easily with me, as it is so vulnerable to being hijacked by special interest groups, and can mean...
  13. MX7

    Advanced early August planted rape ???

    I see that late July(!!!) early August planted rape is looking to be at an advanced growth stage considering it is only October. Will this advanced growth be detrimental to the crops yield, or will it be better than if planted later but the crop may have been written off by the cursed “flea...
  14. S

    N min tests??

    We have had these done in the past but have never had the balls to follow them 100%. Sometimes they say to reduce fert by 50%(100kg/ha total) usually where FYM has been applied. With the Fert price where it is I’m wondering if I should pay more attention to them. Does anyone else follow their...
  15. JHT

    Chafer Grubs.. crows.. rooks.

    We are having terrible trouble with crows/rooks digging up the fields so I’ve had a dig as well and there are lots of Chafer Grubs in the soil. Looking around as I type this I can see well over 50 acres of land between me and my neighbour that’s been destroyed in the last 10 days. They started...
  16. Boomerang

    establishing cover crops.

    Thinking about sowing some oats, and in another field phacelia, got this mad idea of rigging up a small hopper on powerharrow with some pipes to drop seeds down before packer only 3m wide shouldn't need too many outlets. Would this work ? Wouldn't be any depth control but seed should be...
  17. R

    So who has started drilling ?

    Normally try and drill first ten days of October but last two years have been caught by heavy storms just after drilling that has gone on for months, thinking of going early this time, what's are others doing ?
  18. Sid

    John deere 8RX

    Popped in to see son at work for Stuarts contracting at Exeter, driving John Deere 8RX 370 10 leg sumo Amazone fender 2200 drilling rape. Says its only one 8RX in the SW Pretty easy to drive so he even let me have a go......its still in one piece!
  19. A

    Late drilling of OSR, (......is anybody other than us doing it this year ?)

    After a good kicking in the 2019 year (crop harvest), by CSFB, the advice was to drill earlier or later than the previous common timing of end of August begining of September to cope with the migration of the CSFB. Is anyone planning to sow this year's crop later in September?. Judging by what...
  20. tr250

    Csfb in turnips

    Apologies if this is wrong section but thought cropping would get a better response. I drilled some turnip/forage rape mix direct into sprayed off pasture. Made sure I told him the risks with csfb. Anyway got a phone call asking my advice on weather he should spray for csfb I told him it would...