grass leys

  1. P

    Direct drill

    Hi new farming forum. I have a mixed farm with about 300acres of arable. I’m looking to buying a second hand direct drill for a 150hp tractor. I seen the old blue and yellow Claydons for sale. Are these worth looking at. Or what other drills are there for 150hp can pull.
  2. D

    How Do I Avoid the Wet Winter Slump?

    The wet winter has really tested us this year on the heavy clay land. We have different scenarios: 1. Ploughed nicely late summer, drilled a bit late in the autumn, November. Not terrible but a low plant population in the worst areas due to drowning. What had survived looks good but it’s too...
  3. L

    Worsening blackgrass/ryegrass problem.

    I'm in my fifth year of strip tilling following a more traditional plough/power harrow based system. I had some decent results in the first few years but the last two wet autumn /winters have not been so great. My main problem is the blackgrass is getting out of hand, I don't think my...
  4. W

    Blackgrass chemical attack

    I know there’s another general BG thread but this is just a particular question about chemicals. Basically what are your ‘chemical’ approaches to BG. We aren’t doing a proper job so looking for ideas please.
  5. H

    Fertiliser Prices and only spreading once

    With this hears prices of fertiliser being so expensive is anyone considering only spreading on there grazing ground once and rely on the weather coming good to hold the swards strong into the autumn?
  6. Robert

    Dock Control in CSS AB8 Flower Rich Margins

    What's the nest way to keep the docks at bay, more than i'd like now in year 3. Presumably painstaking spot spraying is the only real option so as not to kill anything "flowery"? Thanks
  7. Bossfarmer

    All grass with straw for muck deals OR all cereals!

    The direction of travel with farm support in the uk seems clear it seems i was right about brexit, that said what is now the way forward on mixed farms? no support leaves a big cut in net profit, whether your still making anything or not depends on prices either way nobody wants to make less...
  8. V

    Which spray?

    I put in a field of rape and Italian last year with the intention this year to cut once and then spray off before short second cut to put in a long term. It hasn’t been shut out long and grass is looking well as I also scratched more italian in this spring to make sure but now there’s a few...
  9. beardface

    Summer grazing cover/forage crop

    Anyone grazing sheep on annual summer cover crops? Thinking a mix with say rye, ryegrass, 2 or 3 annual clovers, phacelia, vetch and a brassica with regrowth could be a good mix. Stock it at over 5 ewes and lambs to acre rotational grazed. Could be a good alternative arable 'crop' with benefits...
  10. News

    What to do about the lack of grass?

    Despite rainfall in early May across the UK, farmers are faced with limited grass growth for this time of year. Wynnstay grass and roots manager, Colin Jones, says although welcomed, this wet weather is still a little too late to offset the lack of grass many are currently faced with. “With...
  11. D

    Black grass 2021

    Up until now we have not had a problem with black grass. But one field seems to have got away on us. It’s first wheat after osr and would expect it yield about 10t/ha. There is not enough grass to effect the yield but too much to pull by hand. The area is about 12ac which would be about 4% of...
  12. tr250

    Mid tier claim and capital works

    We have applied for a mid tier scheme and been accepted along with a capital works grant. I’ve put in wild bird seed, gs4 grass leys and sw6. So my question is with the sw6 or in other words winter cover crop I’ve put 40 ha on the application I understand this is a maximum but my rotation have...
  13. HarryB97

    What to pay an arable farmer per cut of grass

    I'm in talks with some neighbours about them growing two year grass leys for me for silage and I then buy it off them. They want to establish it and fertilise it etc and then sell me the crop which is fine. Would paying on a dry matter basis per tonne be fairest for both parties? If so is there...
  14. G

    What to do?

    Hi all, First post on thefarmingforum. We are a beef farm on former sandy heathland that we now graze and cut for hay. Soil is very light and sandy with some clayey bits but this is mostly SSSI. pH low 5’s so have just limed our two best forage fields at 3t/acre with the 2mm to dust stuff.....I...
  15. H

    Will we be ploughing for re seeding in the future?

    With farmers taking the blame for wrecking the planet do you think we will be ploughing up permanent grassland to re seed?
  16. T

    Lime spreading rates.

    We've been talking about reduced lime spreading rates on the Beef & Lamb price tracker & thought it deserves it's own thread. @livestock 1 @Hilly @Highland Mule @Cab-over Pete @Skintagain @Kiwi Pete @Poorbuthappy Sorry if I've missed anyone who was in that conversation. Just to catch up...
  17. Bald Rick

    Farming and the ageing process

    Comments in the H&S thread got me thinking as I’m now within a few months of turning 60. I suppose I am increasingly a bit of a liability. I won’t drive tractors unless forced to but any machine has to be hitched on for me; Mechanical jobs take me longer as I like to get everything just so -...
  18. paul&mandy

    What breed for outdoor lambing

    I'm absolutely sick of these Suffolk X mules. We stick a texel over them. All lambs go fat off farm. If I was to choose a breed to not have to continually bash my head against a wall and put so many dead lambs in the bin and knacker myself trying. If they don't lick, pee off or lay on them...
  19. Hutchinsons News

    Omnia management system of choice for award-winning farmer

    Omnia management system of choice for award-winning farmer For award-winning Worcestershire arable farmer Jonathan Boaz using farmyard manure to improve organic matter in his soils is key. Mr Boaz won the 2016 British Farming Innovator of the Year award. Farming a total of 243ha, soils...
  20. W

    Ryegrass

    So we’ve only got Defy - see attached, but having applied this in the autumn we’ve now got ryegrass come back through so we must be resistant to that as well. Tried ploughing and it doesn’t work. Tried No-Till and that doesn’t work. Tried spring crops and they aren’t working. Tried maize and it...
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