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  1. farmer dave136

    Spring sowing Red clover grass ley

    Thinking I’m a bit short of silage grass I use red clover grass mixes I usually sow them in the autumn but thought I could switch a field out of beans into grass to give me a bit more forage how many bales would I expect an acre of a spring sown crop probably be April before I get it in
  2. Fat hen

    Agents’ cheery outlook post-BPS

    Recently attended a zoom meeting with a respected independent land agent. He described the next 5 yrs as the biggest change in Farming in a lifetime. He painted a fairly bleak picture of agric under the Tory government’s funding plans, none of which encourage food production: > £40K BPS will be...
  3. Clive

    The Red Tractor ACCS referendum

    The Red Tractor logo or brand does not appear on products that UK cereal growers supply the ingredients for so unquestionably has no value to end consumers of bakery and other cereal products The processors of these products including the likes of Hovis and Warburtons have stated that they have...
  4. Flat 10

    Is there a standard minimum load before cap charges apply?

    Or are all merchants different? I always thought it was 25t? Where do I find out?
  5. 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.
  6. Dave6170

    Forage rape stalks

    Last couple of years we ve had big crops of rape, dad maintains that the lambs won't do on the stalks once the leaves have been eaten. I just think its a waste. What do others do?
  7. Flat 10

    poppies in winter linseed

    What is the best approach? Loads of them. Field has had Avadex and it looks to have slightly yellowed them? Will the Maya, Eagle mix do them in the spring? I'm worried they will get quite big....... Not on label for either of them but is on label for Ally.............. Any thoughts @They see me...
  8. Fat hen

    Hot tubs - Holiday lets - are they worth it?

    I know Hot tubs are supposed to increase bookings and asking price but are they worth it? I gather they need testing for legionnaries,etc twice daily to comply with HSG282. Then there is the weekly empty and cleanse...maybe there is more work with them? I'd be interested to know how people...
  9. Fat hen

    Sugar beet in dd

    Ive let a neighbour loose growing fodder beet on some lightish land (some clay patches). Due to be lifted in Nov by a beet contractor. Been no till since 2014-5. I am not looking fwd to the aftermath once its been lifted, want to get some WW in there, if it dries up in Dec or Jan. I have a LD...
  10. phr49

    Beet yields 2020

    How are we finding early yields did see some optimism on FWI site saying yields better than anticipated ........?!BS predicting 10-15% reduction in yields as an average . Had a colleague lift a fair tonnage Norfolk way with a disappointing 18 t acre adjusted . Not looking forward to lifting...
  11. Clive

    Feeding chickens ?

    silly question probably ! can i feed our few house chicken (that have access to grass etc) on just wheat ? or do they need something else in their diet ? is whole wheat ok or should it be rolled ?
  12. M


    I would like to nominate the above as cover crop champion 🏆
  13. M

    Simtech questions

    Not a DDer currently but considering it, and from what I gather many would recommend a T-SEM as a good option for a small farm with a limited budget, which we are. Any general advice welcome, but specifically what are people's thoughts re row spacing? We bale all our straw but aim to spread...
  14. Blaithin

    Kiss The Ground

    Just came out on Netflix here. Giving it a watch. It’s been mentioned in a couple other threads but deserves one of its own. Message is simple and fairly clear. Keep the soil healthy. Keep the soil covered. There are parts that are annoying. Spray planes when talking about glyphosate. GMOs...
  15. Greg101

    Mowing before/after rotaional grazing.

    I've been wondering how many other people have the same ideas as to whether or not you should mow in a rotational grazing system as I do? I should propably clarify that the type of mowing i am refering to is the mowing most people do to keep brush and invasive species down. I think if you have...
  16. P

    Drying peas

    What are peas like to dry on underfloor dryer? Currently 18.5% in field!! What do they weigh like compared to wheat??
  17. MX7

    End of season combine blow down time?

    Just out of interest how long do you( or your boss allow) you to do a very thorough end of season blown down on the farms/ estates combine?
  18. H

    Fathen in silage

    Is a lot of fathen in silage bales harmful to cattle ......or does it not matter
  19. Flat 10

    Vaderstad 400 rapid making sure wings are same depth as middle section

    Any tips please. Going against the grain I have bought one of these cheap (very old) for my early autumn sowing requirements. Very impressed with establishment behind these but seen several locally where the wings have been putting it in at a different depth to the middle? Anything I need to do...
  20. Zippy768

    Harvesting Spring Beans

    Hopefully make a start this week. Never grown before, any tips?? Cut with moisture between 16%-20%? Unload on tickover? Speed? What is safe long term storage moisture? Will be going into neighbours store.