1. 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)...
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Bury the Trash

    Simon Reeve : The Americas.

    Rewilding in Montana APR.
  7. 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?
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. Direct Driller Magazine

    What Farmers Need to Know About Mycorrhizae

    Written By Laura Barrera First Published on If someone asked you, “How do plants take up the water and nutrients they need?” you’d probably tell them through the roots. But did you know that for many crops, those roots aren’t working alone? That’s because most plant species...
  11. Doraagri

    How to promote plant root growth effectively ??

    4 ways to promote root growth Essential Nutrients Supply Phosphorus potassium &Nitrogen are the essential nutrients to support root growth for plants. They encourage plants to put down a dense collection of new roots and strengthen existing roots as they develop. Phosphorus helps establish...
  12. Doraagri

    Why do plants need my mycorrhizae ?

    There is no doubt that mycorrhizae play the important role in plant growth. They help build soil aggregate structure to provides plant roots with a better & healthy environment to healthy and strong growth. Their symbiotic relationship with plants helps them access extra water and nutrients...
  13. Suddy

    Does kerb kill phacelia

    any advice
  14. jonnieboy

    Companion cropping wheat and beans

    I managed to persuade the agronomist we should leave one field of wheat with the volunteer spring beans in Wheat looked too thin all winter but has picked up now beans look good too Spoke to PGRO on having beans 2 years on the trot and as a one off they are not too concerned Plan is to...
  15. Kevtherev

    The demise of bagged fert

    This is where we are heading or should be heading.
  16. Direct Driller Magazine

    Soil Fertility Services (Direct Driller Issue 4 - Article 14)

    It was in 2002 that I first wrote an article outlining: ‘The need for’ and ‘Benefit of having’ a good population of mycorrhizal fungi in your soil. That is of course still true but it is not the most important of the life in your soil; so what is? Of course there may not be any one type of...
  17. Kiwi Pete

    "Improving Our Lot" - Planned Holistic Grazing, for starters..

    :oops: Eh up! The idea of starting a thread about Holistic management has been on my mind for ages, if I am honest. Lets start by me putting my cards on the table - I have NO formal training, NO books, and NO interest in starting big wars on which way is best. I do, however, completely and...