1. Direct Driller Magazine

    Optimising Soil Biology and Nutrition for Crop Production

    Optimising Soil Biology and Nutrition for Crop Production Written by Joel Williams When we begin to unpack the complex world of soil, of course there are many factors that contribute to the optimum functioning of a ‘healthy soil’ – be that chemical, physical or biological. That said, it is...
  2. Direct Driller Magazine

    Featured Farmer - Julian Gold

    Featured Farmer: Julian Gold Farm Manager Hendred Estate, Wantage, South Oxfordshire FARM FACTS FARM SIZE: 800 hectares MANPOWER: - 3 FARM TYPE: - Arable OTHER FARM TYPE INFORMATION: - Arable with sheep that graze cover crops and permanent pasture TENURE: - Owner occupied REGION: - South...
  3. Kevtherev

    Agriculture as we know it

    Reading media reports and Facebook posts about tree planting and alternatives to meat on a daily basis. Vegan and save the earth types gathering huge momentum as every week goes on. Are we facing what can only be described as a farming endangerment? Could we as a switched on farming group on...
  4. Farfrae

    UK Public now Eating Significantly Less Meat

    The BBC in full flow this morning. The agenda is writ large https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-58831636
  5. Simon Chiles

    Nitrogen fixing bacteria.

    With the recent escalation of Nitrogen prices it has occurred to me that growers are going to consider alternative sources of N. Having been involved with some initial work on N fixing bacteria I thought it might be useful to have a thread on here so that farmers can ask questions about some of...
  6. Just because

    Fert prices and stocking rates

    Are people thinking of cutting back on stocking rates due to fertilize prices and other rising costs??
  7. Ffermer Bach

    Carbon Neutral Milk

    Meet the British dairy farmers fighting back against the vegan plant-milk boom The creators of a pioneering, carbon-neutral product hope to reignite the nation's thirst for cow's milk BySue Quinn4 October 2021 • 6:00am Francis Clarke, MD of Trewithen Dairy which is pioneering a carbon-neutral...
  8. G

    Wheat into orbit

    Up£3.75 today!!!
  9. Barleycorn

    Eating more dairy fat linked to lower risk of heart disease

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/eating-more-dairy-fat-linked-to-lower-risk-of-heart-disease-6sjl82fk8 Can't read the whole article as it's behind a paywall, but why aren't AHDB and NFU screaming this from the rooftops?
  10. MDPI

    Conservation Agriculture as a System to Enhance Ecosystem Services 2021

    by Somasundaram Jayaraman,Yash P. Dang ,Anandkumar Naorem ,Kathryn L. Page 2,* and Ram C. Dalal 1 - ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science, Nabibagh, Bhopal 462038, Madhya Pradesh, India 2 - School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Brisbane 4072, Australia 3...
  11. Kevtherev

    Food Shortages

    On radio today talking about it as a consequence of the labour shortage plus gas shortages talk of folk stock piling essential items again. Should we be more self sufficient again like the days in years passed?
  12. Brid @ ADAS

    Mating sheep on red clover swards field lab

    We're investigating if grazing ewes on grass leys containing red clover affects their fertility as part of a new field lab with Innovative Farmers. After an initial meeting, one of our trial farmers could no longer participate so we are looking for another (preferably someone based in the West...
  13. Steevo

    Clean stubbles?

    Anybody else finding stubbles are almost perfectly clean this year? A month after harvest almost all stubbles are almost perfectly clean. Doubt I’ll need to be using much roundup this autumn which is one benefit given the current situation.
  14. S

    Organic Rotation Ideas for Finishing Suckler Calves

    Afternoon All, We're exploring changing our system from conventional to organic and wanted to get some advice on organic rotations. We're looking to dedicate all our arable land (light chalk) to produce organic feed for finishing our suckler Angus X calves. Current thoughts are for a 9-year...
  15. happycows

    Farming without bagged Fertiliser

    100 cows on 100 acres Cutting frequently to bales or zero grazing. Regular reseed rotation and import quite a bit of nutrients in feed. Not used any p or k for years just urea and sulphur for first 2/3 of the season going little and often. Gone to all umbilical/dribble bar and just put in a...
  16. Jerry

    New long term ley seed mix

    Got a field that’s been grass since I was born that needs a fessed this autumn. Over summer it was sprayed of and redstart rape drilled to give it a break. Been grazed off once and will have a few more ewe lambs run over it again as a bit of regrow that showing and with today’s rain it should...
  17. Fat hen

    How to Remove chopped straw

    We have too much to chopped straw in a couple of fields which have already been LD flatlifted. Thinking about borrowing a rake to drag it to the margin Any suggestions on legal ways of removing it please?
  18. C

    Herbal leys for dairy cattle grazing

    Moving over to herbal leys here for dairy cow grazing (holsteins on conventional system). Drought prone soil and low summer rainfall are main reasons. Lots of advice out there but seems more beef/sheep than dairy focus. So for dairy cows... Who's got them? What do you put in them? Are the...
  19. B

    Wholecrop questions

    I’m an arable farmer looking to use wholecrop as a break crop, I’d like it to be quite diverse and have as many legumes in as possible. Ideally id like to drill it in September, have fairly minimal spend on it and then sell it as a standing crop and have it taken off in June before the...
  20. Clive

    N prices end UK milling wheat production?

    Given current N prices my calculations say milling wheat is no longer viable vs feed unless premiums increase significantly anyone else thinking similar ? will everyone grow more feed ?