1. Clive

    Will Putin invade ?

    As the wheat prices seem almost completely dependant upon news about this right now which way does the crowd wisdom of TFF think things will go in the Ukraine ?
  2. BuskhillFarm

    Straw rake or Alternative

    For those using Claydon drill what do you use for stubble management. I know they recommend a straw rake, but would using a cambridge roller with paddles/or even tines give the required chit/slug egg removal/straw spread? Trying to cut down the machinery costs as best as I can on a small acreage...
  3. cowboysupper

    Basic chemical store

    We grow approx 170 acres on the farm and for many years have been reliant on a contractor doing the spraying. The contractor also stored the chemicals for us. We are going to take the spraying in house but we need to set up a legitimate chemical store. Due to our smallish scale we want to...
  4. ajd132

    OSR straw and slugs

    How much does OSR straw contribute to slugs? We have much more slug pressure since OSR coming back into the rotation. how much value does OSR straw have and how much does it contribute to slugs? I was wondering whether we should bale it sometimes. I don’t want to bale it, but we tend to grow a...
  5. C

    With P & K fert prices is it worth baling straw

    Question the agronomist brought up yesterday With a 0:24:24 ish type blend at c£475 Is it worth baling or should we chop chop chop
  6. paul&mandy

    Turnips with no sprays ab 13

    Got the chance of putting in some Ab13 turnips to fatten lambs. The only worry is it says no sprays and with flea beatle it would be a worry. Anyone get away from not spraying at all and still get a good crop? We usually direct drill straight behind the combine and spray off any volunteers and...
  7. J

    Using FYM and spreading clover seed to reduce the need of bagged fertiliser

    I’m thinking about applying mixed red and white clover seeds on some of our land to hopefully increase the quality of the crop and also to fixate nitrogen. I was hoping to just spread 2kg of seed per acre then Harrow and roll it. What is the best way to spread the seeds? Do people use...
  8. V

    Captive bolt /stun gun

    Where would u buy one ? Don’t think u need a license?
  9. G

    Is anyone still buying side by side 12 bores ?

    My dad has a side by side 12 bore that he bought back in the 80’s, it’s been in a sleeve in the gun cabinet ever since and never had a cartridge through it. He seems to think it ought to be worth a bob or two, I think he might be disappointed 🙄
  10. GAM

    Ex employer won't ?

    How do you go about getting your tickets off an ex employer who says, I can't remember the training company, and they should have sent the tickets directly to you?
  11. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    Morning all and happy new year. Further to the information we published about the Sustainable Farming Incentive in December (see, today we're publishing information about the 2 other new...
  12. D

    Public Accounts Committee enquiry into ELMS

    Have just received the Public Accounts Committee report on ELMS, and associated press release. I think 'damning' pretty much covers it. It is embargoed until Sunday so will post on here then, just starting a thread now in case anyone else who has had it is less worried about such niceties and...
  13. Jerry

    State of your crops -2022

    Well seeing as it’s new year and last years thread on this topic ram to 80 pages, thought it time to start a new one for this year’s harvest. I don’t have a lot of winter corn in but what I have is looking ok. The warm December certainly did no harm. A selection as off today. Graham after...
  14. P

    Gator versus quad

    Hi I'm looking at options of getting either a gator (something like the John Deere XUV855D) or quad bike (Honda TRX500) for 70 acres of pasture: feeding animals, fencing, moving stuff, pulling small loads etc. Apart from the obvious: staying drier, having more room onboard to carry stuff), but...
  15. Direct Driller Magazine

    Challenging autumn weather underlines the need to tailor crop establishment approach to prevailing conditions

    Written by Jeff Claydon Establishing winter wheat on the Claydon farm during October with the new 6m Claydon Evolution 6 mounted drill. Despite a stop-start harvest and the very changeable weather which followed, Suffolk farmer Jeff Claydon was able to establish all the planned area of...
  16. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus - Neil White

    Berwickshire farmer Neil White calls for clarity and equity in their baseline carbon audit on his farm after six years of No-till Harvest 2021 was, in the end, better than expected. The crops came out of the wet cold spring looking respectable, but then continually improved to culminate in...
  17. Direct Driller Magazine

    Soil Farmer of the Year 2021

    The Soil Farmer of the Year competition has been running since 2015, providing a platform for individuals and businesses to demonstrate how soil management can build environmental and economic resilience. The competition aims to recognise, promote and champion farmers who are passionate about...
  18. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus – Tom Sewell

    December 2021 The good the bad and the ugly! As I sit here on the 30th November furiously tapping away to get this written for tomorrows deadline I reflect on what has happened since I last wrote. My last piece mentioned how well the crops looked before harvest! How things have changed in...
  19. P

    Grass growing?

    17 degrees here today. Went to check sheep and heads down grazing and hadn't touched hay put out yesterday. Too soon to get complacent though.
  20. Agriland RSS

    Tillage: Are you practicing a five-minute fallow policy?

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Many UK tillage growers now practice what they call a ‘five-minute fallow policy’ as they strive to improve the sustainability of their farms. In practical terms, this means going in with the seed drill to plant cover crops as soon as the combines...