soil test

  1. Westin

    Need Advice please on Yield and seeding rate!

    Our Indonesia departemen of agriculture advice Farmers to plant like that(like the one in picture) , 20cm by 70cm about 50-60k population per hectare...about 12kg of maize seeds....claimed to have a yield of 12 tonne per hectare of maize at 15% water that a possibly achievable...
  2. L

    Ergot help please

    I have a grazing field full of ergot. What is control please? ive researched what I can as far as I can see my next plan of action should be to mow, collect cuttings, burn and rest for a year, and soil test for copper deficiency? is there anything else please and am I on the right track? it is...
  3. J

    Filling fertiliser spreader with one tractor.

    Anyone on here have any genius ideas to efficiently fill a spreader with only one tractor? Have one tractor with a loader and nothing else. Thought about a platform that we could sit a bag on, which seems like a good idea. Or use a bag lifter, but tractor is only 90hp and a wee bit light by the...
  4. Agriland RSS

    Farmers urged to test soil ahead of new standard

    Written by Agriland Team from Agriland Farmers across the UK are being urged to test their soil and establish a baseline that will help improve soil health ahead of a new 2022 standard. The Arable Soil Standard was issued in June 2021 as part of the government’s Environmental Land Management...
  5. V

    Winter barley v spring barley

    I’ve 30 acres been in permanent grass for years needing freshened up. Given feed price and straw prices I’m thinking I should put some barley in and produce something of my own. My thoughts on winter v spring is I will have crop off far earlier than spring stuff to get a reseed put in plus my...
  6. H

    Break crop for grass reseed.

    It's unproductive pp at the moment. One option would be to DD beans and use kerb, or grow a cover crop before drilling something in the spring to get 2 hits with glyphosate. There's going to be a load of seed waiting for an opportunity and probably creepy crawlies as well. I don't want to...
  7. D

    Stillborn calves

    We and the vets are struggling to answer why we are loosing calves this year, they are blonde and blonde cross cows/heifers with 3 different bulls used, some calves have been large but most are average sizes, the cows look well but not to over conditioned, they have all been bolused. Often...
  8. Z

    Egg Shell Lime

    I have two fields which need limed but due to the location of them beside certain property, I can’t have quarry lime blowing over that area. I see some people are offering bagged lime produced from egg shells which some say is much better than G-Lime. Anyone used it or know much about it?
  9. C

    Too much clover?

    A little unsure about grazing this in case we get bloat! Suckler cows and weaned lambs should be heading in here on next rotation. They have a lot less clover in their other fields. This field was cut for silage 2-3 weeks ago, and had 20:8:14 applied afterwards. (Our P & K levels were low on...
  10. DairyGrazing

    Maize fertiliser plan.

    How are people doing with their maize fertiliser? Type timing and total please. Have done it differently the last few years due to circumstance not plan. Always drill 25 units with the seed but have been an additional 25-75 units either trop dressing at 18 inches high or working it into the...
  11. cb387

    Burgers made from chaff - what will they think of next

    ‘Chaff-burgers’ made from wheat waste ‘could be on the shelves within five years’ The boss of Quorn hopes to develop a way to ferment the leftovers and turn them into a protein to be forged into food products ByJoe Pinkstone20 June 2021 • 7:00pm Eight billion tonnes of chaff are made globally...
  12. N

    Reseeding grassland

    Hi, I have 7.5 acres in Leicester (midlands) and want to completely renew the grassland as it hasn’t been cared for in 25 years plus. Mostly compacted grassland, grows buttercups and thistles and doesn’t drain well. Had pigs on most recently but moved them off as the grass is taller than them...
  13. M

    What fertiliser to spread

    Hi. I just got my meadow field soil sampled and I know I need a lot off lime, and my P is very poor. I need to spread fertiliser this weekend and need help on what to sow. I know it’s not going to be great but I am not sure what to go with. I’ve attached pc picture below Thanks
  14. Direct Driller Magazine

    How to Create the most Effective Soil Sampling Program

    With harvest either underway or on the horizon for most growers in the U.S., now is a good time to prepare for your soil sampling program. Most universities and the NRCS recommend taking soil samples in the off-season, after the last crop harvest, and before the next cash crop is planted...
  15. S

    Welsh farmers in for rough 5 years

    Earlier I just heard the tail end of phonein on radio wales where a farmer's wife talked about the next 5 years with reelected labour government being rough time for Welsh farmers
  16. Stw88

    Soil analysis accuracy.

    Had some fields tested in August 2019 and applied lime @ 2t acre. just had the same fields retested and one that was ph5 has now lifted to 5.5 Which is just what I was expecting it to be. Now the field right next to it similar soil type but a hay field was 5.4 and has retested at 6.4. Is it...
  17. Chae1


    What are people's views/experiences of using biostimulants as a replacement for fungicides? Particularly Scyon. I questioned the inclusion of it from agronomist today and said it would replace ctl.
  18. T

    Lime spreading rates.

    We've been talking about reduced lime spreading rates on the Beef & Lamb price tracker & thought it deserves it's own thread. @livestock 1 @Hilly @Highland Mule @Cab-over Pete @Skintagain @Kiwi Pete @Poorbuthappy Sorry if I've missed anyone who was in that conversation. Just to catch up...
  19. Clive

    Bitersaltz vs liquid Magnesium ?

    Having seen decent results from Magnesium with fungicide applications here I'm pretty convinced that along with Manganese t's a micronutrient worth using routinely on our soil types. Bitersaltz has been our cheap go-to product but it's not the most users friendly when filling a 6000L sprayer...
  20. Stewartry hill

    Forage crop for sheep

    Most years we grow20 ish acres of forage rape or swift after silage in late June .this year the field is smaller 12 acres and looking to direct drill some forage or turnips.late May to get the same amount of feed.What are the options?