1. C

    Ragwort in silage bales

    Thoughts please? Got a field with beautiful ryegrass and clover, but plenty of ragwort... Would be for low yielding dairy cows. TIA
  2. B

    Herbal Leys for Sheep

    Thinking about putting in some GS4. Looks a good option with the payment and cost of N. But where we would put it is only really suitable for sheep. How are you managing the 5 week period? Does it really need cutting after this as it will be way past its best for grazing? Also do we need to be...
  3. D

    How do pre em herbicides work?

    I know the basics of pre em herbicides, a fine firm moist seed bed & don't disturb it afterwards. But how does it actually kill the weed. Does the weed germinate hit the pre em layer & die? or Does the weed die as it germinates? or is the seed discouraged from germinating & may even remain...
  4. C

    Biodiversity offsetting - Anyone done it?

    Looking for anyones experience, Ive been approached by two companies now regarding offsetting associated with nearby housing developments (on separate fields ) - One hasnt made any offer yet the other is offering £23k/ha upfront and £950/ha for 30 years linked to inflation - 0.5% with a 5% cap...
  5. S

    Silage wheat price

    Got a really dirty (blackgrass and ryegrass) 30ac field. What’s the current price per tonne value to get rid of it? Area dependent I know but just an idea please. I just want to sell at £x/t and the buyer sorts the machinery. Is there a forage shortage?
  6. S

    Back to minimum tillage ?

    We have a big issue with grass weeds and it’s getting worse. We are ok if we have a big spread of crops but it simply just doesn’t pay due to poor yields of spring crops such as spring linseed, spring barley, spring beans spring wheat. We’ve also tried grass but without our own livestock we get...
  7. ffukedfarmer

    Permanent pasture to winter barley - cover crop?

    I’ve got an unproductive field of grass that’s mainly meadow brome. The plan was to hay it this year but with it being so dry I can’t see there being anything there worth mowing. I’m still an amateur to growing cereals and a cover crop virgin so be gentle… I’m thinking: Burn off the grass in...
  8. HarryB97

    Cutting winter barley now, nutritional value?

    I have about 5 acres of winter barley that is full of blackgrass that I want to mow rather than let it seed. The barley is out in ear but no grain fill has occurred yet. What sort of nutritional value could I hope for from it? Top quality silage like grass or more gut fill?
  9. Aspiring Peasants


    I know disc mowers are more popular than drum mowers but I really dislike my Krone disc mower. It's on its fifth season, it's unreliable and is hard to get as tidy a job as with the vicon drum mower we used to have. Looking at alternatives, has anyone got a Weaving drum mower which I think are...
  10. B

    Clover pellets

    Anyone using coated clover. Local ag dealer had had a flyer for them. Think there limagrain product.
  11. hally


    Is there a cheaper alternative to grazon for spot spraying nettles. Also is the sprays sold on here competitive against Agrivista etc
  12. M-J-G

    Red Clover

    Who's growing it, and what are the up/down sides. I'm wondering about feeding it to young stock and restricted to sucklers along with straw. TIA
  13. J

    Cheap 1 year legume

    So I've got 50 acres of silage ground that I'm hoping to put into gs4 herbal ley autumn of 2023. However, I'm looking to plough and reseed it this autumn in 1 year ley, as this will give me the opportunity to level it out this year, spray it next autumn and direct drill the gs4 into what then...
  14. S

    OSR and grass weeds

    Haven’t grown any osr for 20 years plus but thinking of having another go. What’s the chemical lineup for grass weeds in particular ryegrass?
  15. Hereford21

    Is it worth fattening store lambs on forage rape?

    Last year we harvested spring barley in a 20 acre field then moved straight to winter barley in the same field. After the winter barley harvest this year we want to rotate the barley to a different silage field and grow grass on it again, but my dad mentioned growing forage rape on this field...
  16. Kevtherev

    Forage Crops

    Thought I’d start a thread on what members are/have been putting in this season to fill the forage gap with rising feed costs. Brassicas Arable silage mixes Rye etc
  17. casemx 270

    Weed wiper

    Anyone use one as part of thier Blackgrass and Ryegrass control ? Next question do they build 30 metre ones ? I have seen the bolt on one's for sprayer booms . Do you think it would be possible to build one out of an old mounted sprayer ? Thanks
  18. J

    When to graze grass

    So following on from the discussion in all things dairy, when's the best time to graze grass? My butterfat is low - too low really, it was around 3.8-3.9 but has dropped over the past 10 days to 3.6 I can obviously increase that by feeding a fibre source which is what I'm doing currently as...
  19. An Gof

    WW T2

    Flag leaf fully emerged on the KWS Extase so the T2 has gone on today. Applying 1.25L/Ha Revystar + 5Kg EpsoTop.
  20. B

    Winter or spring barley?

    Specifically thinking about gross margin but also ability to smoother grass weeds. Any opinion please?