soil test

  1. W

    AHDB fungicide strategy 2022 interesting

    For some reason I can't post the video if someone can please do. Go to about 48 mins in and there is a farmer called Angus from Yorkshire who Is not using fungicides but concentrating on plant health and nutrition. I find this very interesting as we did some on farm trials and saw very similar...
  2. Farmerpickle

    How far in advance should you plough to plant barley

    Just wondered how long you suggest you should leave a field alone after it has been ploughed before you cultivate it and put the barley in the ground. Many thanks.
  3. J

    Reviving neglected land

    Hi, I thought I would try to pick some of your brains out there. At the end of the month (Feb) I'm taking on an approx 70 acre farm that has been left for around 3 years without any stock or anything on for that matter. The amount of docks, creeping buttercup, thistles and ragwort on the land...
  4. Agriland RSS

    Could you identify perennial ryegrass within a sward?

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland A leading grassland expert has suggested that significant numbers of sheep and other livestock farmers cannot identify perennial ryegrass and other common grasses within a sward, if asked to do so. Charlie Morgan, the man who heads up GrassMaster...
  5. Agriland RSS

    Opinion: Gene editing is Frankenstein science

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Gene editing (GE), as defined by the latest UK legislation, is 'Frankenstein science' and should be called out as such, in my opinion. I sense that quite a number of molecular scientists in the UK are ecstatically happy right now, given the recent...
  6. C

    Where to buy Fertiliser spread testing kit

    Had a company here last week who told me I could test 2 products. Anyway. 30 minutes and £250 later having claimed a headland test was the 2nd product therefore only one product was tested I am now after my own kit . Felt slightly ripped off by said company . Where’s the best place to buy a kit...
  7. TFF

    RB209 Section 3 Grass and forage crops

    The Nutrient Management Guide (RB209) helps you make the most of organic materials and balance the benefits of fertiliser use against the costs - both economic and environmental. It explains the value of nutrients, soil and why good nutrient management is about more than just the fertilisers you...
  8. 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...
  9. jh.

    Direct Driller lime article

    Trying to get my head around this . Surface area "Per metric ton" , so what rate of prilled would be needed to match a ground rate of 5ton a hec. Never used prilled so no idea on how much a ton even costs compared to a bulk wagon tipped for a lime spreader but surely the cost of a prilled...
  10. jackrussell101

    Maize and artificial fert

    How much does everyone put on? Or not bother and just put plenty of muck on beforehand?
  11. P

    New drainage ditch Vs french drain

    Hello all. I have a six acre field that needs attention. After a two year battle I'm basking in the glory of defeating the rushes... ...for now. However, there is obvious room for improvement with the drainage. The field has a ditch on all four sides. These need maintenance but I don't think...
  12. S

    What is the best to do with uncut grass crop.

    I have been told I can take silage of a few fields that were not cut this year. I was going to get a flail topper in April / May and mulch the lot to feed the new crop. I have since been told that I would be better to cut and bale the crop in May for rough silage for the Highlands then bale what...
  13. R

    Sheep welfare funding

    An article popped up on my phone the other day through google. It discussed funding for sheep farmers in the UK, and figures of £10 a ewe were involved. The conditions included: * having suitable feet issue treatments * Scanning before lambing * Using correct fly treatments * Feeding lambs...
  14. Janet Hughes Defra

    Sustainable farming incentive details published today

    Morning all Today we'll be publishing some information about how the sustainable farming incentive will work when we start rolling it out from next year in England. I'll post the links here as soon as they're online, and will be here on this thread over the next few days to answer your...
  15. Farmer mk1

    Paper waste and sewage sludge

    Hi, Does anyone use the paper waste for field nutrients. We have some land and there isn’t any body to the land, it ploughs like dust and just levels it’s self easy so want to put something back in to get some body in the land and can get paper locally and sewage sludge locally aswell so...
  16. S

    P on Potatoes

    What levels do you usually apply? We have soils that are moderate to high and put on 100Kg/ha and sometimes more. could I get away with less for 1 year?
  17. Agriland RSS

    Forage utilisation key to improving farm sustainability

    Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Ruminant-based livestock sectors will achieve the sustainability improvements they need to make, through improved forage utilisation, according to United Feeds sales manager, Clarence Calderwood. Such an approach will help deliver a lower carbon...
  18. S

    Dr Elaine Ingham/compost

    I've been dragged down a rabbit hole and wondered if anyone had already been? Her thoughts to me seem revolutionary but I've searched the forum and there's not a great deal of chatter about her ideas. Just wondering if there are any opinions or anyone seen any trial data?
  19. Aspiring Peasants

    The positive thread

    Having flicked through the forum this morning I came away feeling quite negative. There is a lot of worry and uncertainty about and a lot of biased reporting by the supposedly neutral BBC. I have no quarrel with posters highlighting this information because it can't be ignored. However there...
  20. Just because

    Fert prices and stocking rates

    Are people thinking of cutting back on stocking rates due to fertilize prices and other rising costs??