1. Richard Smyth

    Krone front mower

    Howdy. I have a 3.6 meter front mower. Looking for ideas to stop it bulldozing when cutting. Last year we had extremely light crops. Soil would build up of the skids and cause it to bulldoze. If it was raining it worked perfect as the soil didn’t stick and if it was dry it was ok but in...
  2. redsloe

    Direct drilling Winter Wheat now

    Most people are drilled up I expect but has anyone got any to do or done it in the past? I've got a field I want to plant and the window is open until mid February but we're in a good dry spell now. It's not quite dry enough yet I think, but do I risk it soon? I didn't plant it in the autumn...
  3. L

    Glyphosate around young hedges

    Hi bit of a disaster here today, had a new guy spraying around a thorn hedge that was planted last year, he wasn’t very selective where he sprayed and managed to get some of the plants. They do have rabbit guards around them but they will protrude maybe 9 inch above I know it will kill the grass...
  4. TFF

    Propyzamide Reminder

    Use by date fast approaching - Propyzamide Don't forget, for most uses, it is illegal to use propyzamide after 31st January Just a reminder regarding the use of propyzamide where the label clearly states (with the exception of lettuce) the last date for legal use is 31st January (i.e. "before...
  5. Chris F

    Foresight Obesity System Map

    This was brought up at the OFC - it was part of a report used to find out why obesity exists in a population. I had no idea just how complex is was. A full scale version is here...
  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. cotswoldcs

    Fertiliser on Countryside Stewardship Options

    We signed up for a new 5 year Mid Tier agreement which should start this January. I'm annoyed that I have yet to hear from RPA that I have been accepted but that's another story! Some of our CS Options require fertiliser to be applied at a specific rate (AB9 for example requires 50Kg N/ha)...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Direct Driller Magazine

    History of the GD

    Written by Tony Gent With over 60 years of farming, I have seen and been involved with so many changes, as a lad from working with horses and leaving school at 15 to working on my father’s smallholding with only 50 acres and a mix of cropping. The farm began to mechanise and expand, so did my...
  11. 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...
  12. Tucker86


    Now we have details on the payments, is anybody still thinking of putting there whole farm into the sfi scheme ? I can’t see any benefit in putting any of your land into the scheme at them prices, let alone your whole farm ? Happy new year by the way
  13. Bald Rick

    Naylor’s Cabbage Factory £20m to build a...
  14. G


    Just curious to know what peoples thoughts are on Spring vs Autumn (August/September) drilling of Lucerne. To date we have only established in the spring, but no rain in May really slowed it down, the flip side is grass weed competition in the Autumn, being organic we don't have the option of a...
  15. G

    New holland 339 double chop

    What is the chop length? Anyone got one?
  16. Chris F

    Glyphosate heading to £150 in the Spring

    Looks like the lack of supply will mean the next glyphosate to touch the shores will be up near the £150 mark. Which will last until more competition gets back in the market. Is anyone hearing anything different or have prices for the spring?
  17. Bigjon44

    Winter beans

    Anyone's beans come through the ground yet??!! Planted ours back at start of November and still not showing!
  18. 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...
  19. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus: Andrew Jackson

    Farmer Focus – Andrew Jackson If you are reading this article, I will assume that you may well be at some point in the journey of Regenerative Agriculture. Although I have always been a passionate farmer, trying to become a regen farmer has enhanced my love of farming at what could be...
  20. 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...