1. Direct Driller Magazine

    Putting Covers into Context

    Cover and catch cropping may work well for many managing lighter and erosion-prone soils but for those on heavier and more difficult ground they remain very far from the answer to any sort of maiden’s prayer The right covers managed in the right way can help structure even the most challenging...
  2. Direct Driller Magazine

    New Analysis aims to Unlock Soil Health

    Written by Dan Robinson from Eurofins We have created new soil tests that will help farmers and agronomists understand their soil in a more detailed way than ever before. The tests have been launched in the UK and Ireland to provide chemical, physical, and biological insight, offering farmers...
  3. 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...
  4. GAM


    Is it the year of the "Dandelion"? I have a field this year absolutely covered in dandelions, never had any for the past 5 years!
  5. Sid

    Paying farmers a lump sum to retire Average farmer could get 50k with the largest landowners getting 100k Average farmer gets 21k per year "Older farmers are often most resistant to new "green" methods, and Environment Secretary George Eustice wants them to move on" "The...
  6. RobertTheEngineer

    Research on the Impact of the Ban on Bee-Harming Pesticides and What is Next in Farming.

    Hi all, I am a student at Imperial University London trying to understand how the banning of bee-harming pesticide has affected your farm and trying to come up with the next generation of the drone-based precision pest control system. It would be amazing if I could have a chat with you about...
  7. hally

    Reseed Nitrogen

    Often have the question asked of me, when to apply nitrogen on a new grass reseed, in the seedbed or after establishment. Just wondering what’s everybody’s opinion on this.
  8. J

    Another easycare thread

    Went back into sheep last year and bought 30 mule ewes and 25 easycares breeding them to a meatlinc ram was pleased with the lambs with my preference leaning towards the easycares. The only problem I seen with them was the easycares seemed to take a lot of bad bags as we had to cull 6 out of the...
  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. M

    DD an idiots guide please!

    Does such thing exists? I know all farms and soils are different but the 10 top critical points would be very helpful for many people. Where I’m struggling is that we’re a small mixed farm and getting straw off in a wet year always makes a mess (turning,baling,stacking and then loading) and...
  11. B

    Enough rain to harvest?

    Had 65mm now in May and recorded nothing in April. Anybody want any more or is that enough to harvest and now we need sunshine. ‘cold and wet May is good for the grain and hay’
  12. Robert

    Hemlock Water-Dropwort

    Have found some of this appear on our flooded stream banks. I read that the root is very poisonous - do I need to eradicate it or will it be left alone by the very sporadic grazing livestock we have on our grass / cover crops? Thanks
  13. 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...
  14. Andrew B

    Soil carbon is a highly flawed climate policy ?

    These two articles by By David Pannell ( from Australia) has certainly made me think The comments section is worth reading too as I believe these policies are going to...
  15. L

    Start up costs

    Hi, Obviously this can depend on a lot of things, but could someone give me a rough idea of the start up costs when starting up with sheep and also the start up costs of setting up with dairy and beef. And also what the maintenance costs per year are per sheep or cow. Again, I appreciate it...
  16. L

    32ml pipe.

    I’ve got 1km to roll out. Is there as easy way ? 150 m rolls
  17. onesiedale

    Maybe ploughing is the answer?

    :unsure: According to the Irish experts, 16" deep too!:eek:
  18. Defra Farming

    In conversation with a soil health pioneer

    In conversation with a soil health pioneer Written by Janet Hughes In this month's Future Farming podcast, Janet Hughes talks to Gabe Brown. Gabe has been named one of the...
  19. C

    Climate change issues: Is vertical farming the answer?

    Climate change is a pressing challenge to current and future food production. To continue to feed a growing population, it is clear that food production methods will have to adapt to become more resilient. I am studying for my MRes in Urban Agriculture at Harper Adams University. I am keenly...
  20. P


    Anyone able to shed light on the growing of Miscantus and ROI?