1. Sorbaer

    Leveling ploughed fields pre-direct/no tillage - ideas/suggestions please

    Family has arable fields on light chalky/flinty land (South Downs) which have been ploughed / power-harrowed /drilled / rolled for years (dont ask me why) and are very uneven and not level when going over the tramlines as seen in my very accurate diagram below. Is painful driving accross them at...
  2. Agriland RSS

    Farming company fined for polluting Somerset watercourse

    Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland Farming company Velcourt Ltd. has been fined for polluting a Somerset watercourse with dirty, ammonia-rich water, killing hundreds of fish. The company, which manages and advises farms throughout Europe, pleaded guilty at North Somerset Magistrates...
  3. Surgery

    New farm house design

    Want to build a new farm house , got all the relevant paper work in order so no problem there it’s just design etc which we are slightly struggling with , as always the case with farm buildings you wish you did something different but don’t want this to be the case with a new build and home for...
  4. A

    Liquid fertiliser

    Hi I was wondering if anyone had any experience in liquid fertiliser. A salesman has tried to sell me it and if I’m honest I don’t know anything about it, and with him being a typical salesman it does sound very good and with fertiliser prices the way they are this year I was thinking of giving...
  5. T

    Can a tenancy still be "created"?

    In 2006 I sold a small parcel of land to my neighbour as they wanted to put a new driveway to their home. Whilst they had plans drawn up etc they asked if we could look after the land for them until such time as they were ready to build the new drive. Unfortunately things did not work out for...
  6. K

    Small arable farm with Phosphorus deficiency Advice

    Been to see a small arable farm (38.88ha cropable) in Dorset, the land has been farmed by a Tennant diary farmer who's been using the land for whole crop possibly back to back. The Winter wheat they have planted is showing signs of what look like Phosphorus deficiency, Would this be a long term...
  7. Kevtherev


    Evening all I thought it may be a good idea of a dedicated legume thread for the livestock men. Clovers being the most popular inclusion in a grazing mix. Place to share ideas and info on alternative legumes used in grazing systems. Establishment methods/grazing management etc
  8. holwellcourtfarm

    House of Lords enquiry into future land use policy

    The HoL are running an enquiry into future land use policy. I strongly suggest we all look to submit evidence on at least the points around future farm land use policy https://committees.parliament.uk/call-for-evidence/2588 Aim of the inquiry The House of Lords Select Committee on Land Use...
  9. Surgery

    Percolation test results

    Anyone done them , wanting some results before submitting our results so I don’t make a rod for our back , time taken is roughly 5 hrs for a hole roughly a meter square , thanks.
  10. Steevo

    River pollution to be reduced by 80pc - but the plan will take 30 years

    George Useless is rather slower to act on other sources of water pollution it seems. But still puts the boot into farming in the process. 🙄 https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/03/31/river-sewage-reduced-80pc-plan-will-take-30-years/ Full article text pasted below: River sewage to be reduced...
  11. D

    June 2022 SFI standards and payment rates

  12. L

    Another field drainage question....

    I'm trying to improve the drainage on this field, it's clay and gley with all kinds of different causes, remedies and issues. The main question is what do you think is the cause of this wet area between the two dotted lines? Do you think it is the edge of the water table? The pic was taken...
  13. K

    Success of direct drilling in long term.

    Having used a Dale drill successfully for 20 years of notillage leaving all straw chopped on the surface with a mix of autumn and spring sown cash crops . I have come to the conclusion that a notillage idealist approach is maybe not the answer and we have to be flexible to aerating the soil...
  14. capfits

    Taking on a new bit of ground

    Fun isn't? Recently had the opportunity to look over a bit of ground that we have been offered to rent pre Christmas. Could not look over it any earlier due to clause in sale. As a neighbour knew it was a bit hairy, but on inspection it is proper poor. Fences just let go, drainage needing a good...
  15. H

    Cover crops on heavy land

    Does anyone really put cover crops on heavy land other than the odd person trying to get a page in Farmers Weekly or some extremist DDer?? My short lived experiment has just given me a headache with few obvious benefits. Stubble turnips, oats, vetch etc grew tall and thick - didn’t get an...
  16. Farm Classifieds

    Howard Mk5

    Howard Mk5 Advert added by: Martin Aubrey @longtimecoming Machinery Details Category: Drainage Trenchers Price: £14500 Condition: Good Description Howard mk5 trencher ready for work, plenty of life left in chain and sprockets, recent bottom bearing, control...
  17. Cmoran

    Small scale grain dryer needed

    As above I’m looking for a grain dryer to dry approximately 30 tons per year I know it’s very small Scale but it’s for a project we are trying out I’m also looking for a grain cleaner if anyone can help. Thanks
  18. CPM RSS

    Drills – let the soil choose the drill

    Written by cpm from CPM Magazine Download PDF Drill for the day, drill for the soil and you’ll be away. CPM explores the financial and agronomic considerations for low and no-till systems, and looks at some of the latest machinery options available to growers. Trying to adopt min or no-till on...
  19. D

    Storm drain channel

  20. O

    High pH.

    We have tested our soils, all are high pH, high magnesium, low sulphur and manganese. Is there any product that could be used and make our 3 and 4 index P&k more available. All fields are temporary and permanent grass.