1. Direct Driller Magazine

    What do you Read? (Issue 12)

    If you are like us, then you don’t know where to start when it comes to other reading apart from farming magazines. However, there is so much information out there that can help us understand our businesses, farm better and understand the position of non-farmers. We have listed a few more...
  2. Poncherello1976

    Best way to establish a herbal ley?

    I am looking at putting together a Countryside Stewardship application for 2022. It includes a lot of low input PP, but I want to put 60/70 acres in to a herbal ley, GS4. These will be in to fields that have been PP for 30+ years, and obviously we will do an EIA to convert it. What will be the...
  3. N

    Dr Christine Jones

    Watched a webinar hosted gratefully by Oakbank Seeds with Dr Chistine Jones on Biological pathways to Carbon soil enrichent. she indicated that crop residues (stubble, straw and above ground debris) contributed only a tiny amount to soil Carbon, with most lost to the atmosphere as CO2. Root...
  4. A

    Pasture-For-Life beef

    I presume that as far as the consumer is concerned,the term ''Pasture-For-Life'' infers that beef cattle have been grazed on grass for life. Does it exist, or is it just a figment of someone's vivid imagination?
  5. martian

    Entangled Life

    Just been having a great Christmas read of this book Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake. I can't recommend it highly enough to anybody who is remotely interested in the soil (which should be everyone on here). It is all about fungi and how little we know about them, as mainstream science tends...
  6. HarryB97

    Applying no bagged P or K to crops

    I have increasingly been reading that more no till farmers are applying no bagged P or K and find that their indices are not decreasing. Are any members on here finding the same? We have recently moved to no till and the back bone of our rotation is 3-4 year grazed and silaged leys, all straw...
  7. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus - Simon Cowell

    Written Sept 2020 I have always found that pioneering a different system of farming is a lonely task, there is lot of contradicting advice out there but ultimately you have to make the decisions yourself. I have read stacks of books on soil biology and regenerative agriculture and follow all...
  8. ajd132

    Biological Brews

    Seeing biological bacillus brews, from stuff in a can made in China being pushed by some of the ‘regenerative’ agronomy companies/bio stimulant sellers. Some high profile no till farmers appear to be doing it and recording testimonials. With these products being complete in regulated I thought...
  9. Z

    Phosphorus Liberator

    Has anyone used or had any dealings with using Phosphorus liberator? Is it a load of bull crap or does it work? costs?
  10. S

    autumn re-seeding

    time has come, again, for autumn re-seeds. Interested to know what, farmers are planning variety wise. Had some interesting discussions, recently with seed reps. We have had an awful 3dry summers, on the trot, and grass, has been very short, both in quantity and life ! Rep in this morning...
  11. Derrick Hughes

    Treated Overseeding Mix

    Multi Strike Grass Seed Mix Available with Mycorrhizae seed treatment for better Germination when Direct Drilling and Overseeding 12kg and 14 kg Available with or without clover Derrick Hughes 07415121700 Hurrells Seeds 4.00 kg ASTONCRUSADER Hybrid Ryegrass Tet 3.00 kg CORIAL Hybrid...
  12. J

    Convince me to not plough

    We have a small field that has been in a cereal/rape/legume rotation for a good few years now and needs to be put back to grass. I would like to get away from using the plough every time we drill but I'm never sure our soils are quite light enough to min till (we are mostly clay with some loam)...
  13. The Ruminant

    Should we farm without N?

    A really interesting podcast here about the use of N and K and how soils and organic matter responds. Really thought-provoking and confirms a lot of anecdotal things we and other farmers find.
  14. Villagefarmer

    Linseed Different Biological Activity

    Hi, Yesterday I had a great chat with guy who farms on the south bank of the humber and he mentioned about linseed. This struck a cord with me as we used to grow linseed and always had a fantastic crop of wheat following it but never knew why and left it at that. He was telling how linseed...
  15. Direct Driller Magazine

    How to improve yield and quality?

    HOW TO IMPROVE YIELD AND QUALITY AFTER APPLYING YOUR NORMAL INPUTS? Written by George Hepburn from QLF Agronomy I have worked with farmers on their inputs for the last 15 years. I worked with Soil Fertility Services for 12 years as a Soil Fertility Advisor, advising many farmers on soil health...
  16. Clive

    How’s your OSR looking now

    Certainly a difficult year but walked out late (September) drilled block today that has had me concerned all autumn and was pleasantly surprised no inputs at all so far apart from the farm saved seed and 50kgs DAP at drilling Going to be a battle keeping pigeons off all winter but frankly I...
  17. Bury the Trash

    Simon Reeve : The Americas.

    Rewilding in Montana APR.
  18. kevindb880

    Drilling anyone?

    Just north of Hertford, We managed to get 20 acres in last week but nothing since and now it’s really wet! Anyone else got anything in the ground?
  19. M

    750a settings in different conditions and some wtfs

    perhaps ill get the wtfs out of the way first you cant get up the steps with the drill folded up? wtf i have to take the air pipes off and hang a tray on a sky hook to calibrate it, then realise half the seed jumped out of the tray? wtf the linkage brackets arent standard width wtf? the...
  20. Doraagri

    2019 New Type of Lawn Fertilizer Guide

    2019 New Type of Lawn Fertilizer Guide 1.Elements Fertilizer Grass needs enough amount of nutrients, water and sunshine to sustain life and grows healthily and green. The importance of fertilizer is the same as water, air, and temperature in the soil. Most fertilizers all contain three...