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  1. B

    How Do You Clean Your Tractor, Or Dont You?

    With the price of farm machinery getting more expensive by the day, it , in my opinion pays to try to look after it, if you are lucky to afford to by a brand new tractor, do you first, like me put seat covers on?, do you try to wash the outside of the tractor to keep it looking smart and stop...
  2. bankrupt

    N 1

    Kicking off today on Hybrid WB. As to profitability, recently seen lot of advisory nonsense about reduced applications due to the price of cereals having risen slower than the price of N. Here, straw yields linearly correlate with N (up to the point of lodging) so straw sales still finance N...
  3. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus – Tom Sewell

    December 2021 The good the bad and the ugly! As I sit here on the 30th November furiously tapping away to get this written for tomorrows deadline I reflect on what has happened since I last wrote. My last piece mentioned how well the crops looked before harvest! How things have changed in...
  4. Rowland

    Ed Sheeran wants to rewild the Country

    Apparently Ed wants to rewild the UK to offset his carbon footprint over the last few years. I just wonder were all of his fans will get there food from...
  5. kiwi pom

    Annual rain fall.

    Last day on the wall planner so just adding up what I've tipped out of the rain gauge this year. J 78mm F 37 M 15 A 12 M 189 In 4 days bit of a soggy one.☔🌧️ J 13 J 38 A 53 S 26 O 36 N 78 D 108 2021 Total 683mm quite a bit for here. 2020 469mm...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. CORK

    Variable rate N

    Hi all, I’d like to hear what people’s experiences have been like with variable rate N. I’ve been looking at the Yara Atfarm system and it looks quite accessible for the likes of me (not into too much tech and not farming 1000’s of acres). I’m not looking at this because of the current N...
  9. H

    DD’ing spring beans in to a thick cover crop?

    I have a cover crop of oats, vetch and bit of radish and mustard. It’s knee high and a lot thicker than I was expecting (even using about 50% of the advised seed rate). General plan was to spray off about now then drill spring beans with a Rapid when conditions allow (probably late March as it’s...
  10. davedb

    800/65 r32 tyre pressure

    Hello all got a pair of these on the back of my tractor for umbilical spreading how low a pressure can I run them at? Tyres are continental off a krone forager originally The tractor weights 6.5-7t and carry’s at most 2t on rear linkage but only at low speed all the heavy stuff goes on a...
  11. O

    Rye grass as an arable weed

    We’re looking to speak to growers who are struggling to control rye grass an arable weed for an upcoming focus group. It would be great to get insight on this topic from British growers so if you’re interested in being involved, please let us know.
  12. ajd132

    Claydon or Triton

    Would like to open our drilling windows up with a mounted direct tine drill. Claydon and triton I know are different designs/concepts but they are the two I would choose between. any thoughts welcome
  13. 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...
  14. Matt77

    New drill grant

    Maybe a daft question, can’t see the answer on Defra website, can you use a part exchange in the deal without causing a problem with the grant.
  15. Muck Spreader

    Government plans to outlaw performance tampering

    Don't know if this has been posted already, but it looks like the government is planning on making it illegal to alter the performance of any vehicle including agricultural machinery though chipping, remapping, tampering with emissions equipment etc...
  16. W

    Horsch prunto

    Hi . I have spent the last two days trying to drill some beans with a Horsch prunto. Beans keep blocking metering wheel. Have fitted a plate for large seeds.any ideas or tricks to help
  17. D

    Grant eligible direct drills

    Would anyone be able to compile a list of whats eligible under the latest grant scheme? manufacturers and model. cheers.
  18. Farfrae

    14 tonne excavator hire rate?

    Just bought the adjoining 30 acres to my smallholding and need a 14 tonne excavator to remove tree roots and soil adjoing my property and integrate the entrance etc.. Can anyone give me rough costs per hour for a 14 tonne excavator including operator and fuel ect. (probably several days work)...
  19. Jerry

    Drill and Price Comparisons

    Just been speaking to a few people over the last couple weeks about a 3m drill to work across a mixed farm, so cereal, cover crops, fodder crops, stewardship and a bit of grass. Now the grant numbers are out, if I am right, its £12,054 contribution toearsd the drill.. Net prices are as...
  20. Felix Wieberneit

    Quick Survey on Carbon Credit Market (10 mins)

    Dear all, I am Felix, a masters student from Imperial College London. Currently, my teammates and I are researching the topic of Carbon-Negative Farming practices in the UK. I have previously asked you for your opinion of the carbon-negative farming metho and since received excellent feedbacks...
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