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. B

    Failing spring barley

    My spring barley hasn't quite had the start I was expecting due to a lot of rain slowing it down and the crows have had a good feed on the slower germinating stuff, it was destined for wholecrop anyway, what could I broadcast on to fill the gaps? If anything? Thanks
  3. 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...
  4. Andrew B

    Soil carbon is a highly flawed climate policy ?

    These two articles by By David Pannell ( from Australia) has certainly made me think https://www.pannelldiscussions.net/2021/04/346-soil-carbon-1/ https://www.pannelldiscussions.net/2021/05/347-soil-carbon-2/ The comments section is worth reading too as I believe these policies are going to...
  5. JCfarmer

    Maize drilling 2021

    What a pain in the backside, the weather finally breaks and doesn't know when to stop!:rolleyes: All mucked and ploughed but too wet to do anything with really at the moment. Not going to maul it in, better to wait 10days I think with more rain forecast.
  6. B

    How the hell did we ever win the war?

    it marvels me how we did it, fom the desparate depths of dunkirk to get so much done in such a short time? just over 5 years, from biplanes to jetplanes, the change in agriculture in that time was also just as mirarkable ? What do others think from todays perspective ? One last question did we...
  7. Keepers

    Internal ruptures in ewes, contributing factors?

    Apart from the obvious, just being very large, triplets etc Anything anyone has noticed that may contribute towards a ewe becoming more prone to having an internal rupture? I had one last year, but this year I have had four, all in very large ewes, carrying triplets and one with a twin. Set...
  8. Jerry

    Who's worried about the lack of dry?

    😂😂😂 💦💦💦 could do with it to warm up mind!!
  9. Defra Farming

    In conversation with a soil health pioneer

    In conversation with a soil health pioneer Written by Janet Hughes https://www.buzzsprout.com/1657363/8311877-janet-hughes-and-gabe-brown-the-six-principles-of-soil-health.mp3 In this month's Future Farming podcast, Janet Hughes talks to Gabe Brown. Gabe has been named one of the...
  10. CPM RSS

    Theory to Field – The rise of bromes

    Written by cpm Download PDF Could bromes be the next super weed? Results from a four-year AHDB project reveal that they certainly deserve careful management to avoid becoming increasingly problematic to control. CPM finds out more. Growers should be alert to the risk of rapid herbicide...
  11. A

    Situation Vacant Busy agricultural contractor seeks additional tractor drivers

    2021 seasonal operators required We are a agricultural contracting company incorporating a straw baling business and running alongside a 1000 cow dairy unit in north cambridgeshire. We are looking for a number of highly skilled, conscientious operators for the upcoming season. Our busiest...
  12. CPM RSS

    Rotational Resilience – A rye resurgence?

    Written by cpm Download PDF As growers seek out alternative cereals options, Elsoms has been investing in research and genetics to showcase just how valuable hybrid rye can be in the rotation. CPM finds out more. A crop that requires less nitrogen, but doesn’t compromise yield, is a no-brainer...
  13. CPM RSS

    New fungicide – Flag leaf gets new option

    Written by cpm Univoq has been launched by Corteva Agriscience, bringing a new mode of action to T2 fungicide programmes. CPM finds out how it works, how it performs and how to look after it. Inatreq is in a new chemical class. By Tom Allen-Stevens Cereal growers have a new fungicide for the...
  14. JCB_JCR

    When to cut new herbal ley?

    Put this herbal ley in last autumn for silage. At what stage should I be cutting it? Was planning to cut along with the rest of 1st cut at next weather window but a bit concerned that will kill some of the herbs. Got some high cut skids for mower.
  15. Highland Mule

    Sub-forum move request

    Given that the evidence is clear that UK livestock farming is a net consumer of carbon, should the livestock section not be moved to be under the 'Conservation Agriculture' banner? It's arguably far more sustainable than the chemical fertiliser utilising, direct drilled arable that has claimed...
  16. 24/7 farming

    Grass after spuds?...

    Is this a major no-no?, planted 2 acres of spuds last year and was planning to go for crop silage cut of oats and peas this year then reseed into grass. However only hav the option of bales so always been a bit worried about vermin when stored (altho have done it successfully before) and cannot...
  17. hilux

    Kvernland exacta cl fertiliser spreader

    Has anyone else had problems with the clip shearing on the shaft between the main gearbox and disc?. Had it happen to me 3 times now, so put an 8.8 bolt in lieu of the clip and it still shears. Can't find any play in the gearboxes. Can spread a load or 2 before it shears and sometimes just a few...
  18. M

    Nitrogen 3rd pass

    What’s everybody doing? Our milling winter wheats were planted mid October to mid November and so far had 165kg N. We are due another 80kg (liquid) to go for group 1 spec but whilst the calendar says go the crops I think are a month behind due to the dry spell. N2 went on a month ago but it’s...
  19. Bob lincs

    Cover crop oats

    We have a field that was due to be drilled with beans this spring so in the backend we drilled a strip 21m wide diagonally across it with 30kg/ha of oats as a cheap cover experiment. Over the winter we had a bit of a shuffle around with our cropping so this field is now drilled with spring...
  20. G

    What to do?

    Hi all, First post on thefarmingforum. We are a beef farm on former sandy heathland that we now graze and cut for hay. Soil is very light and sandy with some clayey bits but this is mostly SSSI. pH low 5’s so have just limed our two best forage fields at 3t/acre with the 2mm to dust stuff.....I...