1. Steevo

    Will you be looking to take part in the future SFI/ELMS scheme? - 21/09/21

    Quick poll following on from Janet Hughes Q&A yesterday. Based on your current understandings of the scheme today, will you be looking to take part in the future SFI/ELMS scheme? Poll will close in 10 days
  2. NoHornsTaa

    Ewe with photosensitivity?

    I have a Teeswater ewe that has exclusively scabby ear tips and heels. There aren't any scabs anywhere else on her that I can see, and she isn't losing wool :unsure: No one else in the flock seems affected, just her. I've blue sprayed a couple of times to no effect, though it doesn't look sore...
  3. C

    Best break crop for busting compaction

    Thoughts on whether compaction can be resolved with root crops? E.g. fodder radish. Got some ground that was dug for gravel and topsoil dozed back on (v. thin in some places), decades ago but drainage has been horrendous ever since. TIA
  4. Y

    Thoughts on loosing BPS and replacing with ELMS?

    What are people’s thoughts and what are you doing to get ready for the change
  5. Agri Spec Solicitor

    Envy on docks. Again?

    This year we sprayed a field with Envy to kill docks and buttercups. Grass grew, weeds looked very ill, cut for hay, we thought it was looking good. As time has gone on the docks have appeared as have the dreaded buttercups. The docks were and still are most common on the drain scars where a big...
  6. Goweresque

    Switch to organic farming causes chaos in Sri Lanka

    Interesting stuff going on in Sri Lanka right now, back in April the government unilaterally declared that all farming was to become organic, and outlawed the importation of agro-chemicals and artificial fertilisers. This has resulted in rampant food price inflation as crop yields are set to...
  7. GAM


    Are thistles like Docks, if you pull them and leave a little bit of root they will grow back?
  8. Just because

    To late for stubble turnips?

    Is it to late to plant last of stubble turnips or would I just be better of planting rape/ kale hybrid??
  9. D

    Warham Camp, Norfolk

    Warham Camp is an excellent example of an Iron Age fort. Free entry, great place for an educational wander and a picnic. On top of being a scheduled monument, it is also a SSSI specifically due to the tightly grazed chalk grassland and the rare flowers and butterflies that thus thrive. In...
  10. Agriland RSS

    Controlling grassland weeds now sets up pastures for optimal growth next spring

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland The weather this spring was not conducive to dealing with grassland weeds. Many, such as docks, thistles, and nettles, have grown on, set seed and dominated a greater area than before. However, all is not lost. Recent mild and wet weather means now is...
  11. K

    Cutting hay

    Hi, I have bought a field close to Isleham and look for somebody that would cut and take away the hay. Could you suggest somebody?
  12. Macsky

    Idiots guide to a Logic weedwiper

    Hi folks, Just got my hands on a contact2000 weedwiper, looking to clean up a fair amount of rushes, thistles and bracken. Planning on using glyphosate obviously, •what’s the best rate to work with? •best forward speed? •wipe one way or both? (Didn’t get a manual with it) any other handy...
  13. F

    Which County Grows the Best Ragwort?

    Having just had a few days away and travelled up into East Anglia I have been horrified by the very large areas of Ragwort that is now completely out of control. I would say that Suffolk especially near the coastal areas would easily take the prize for the best crops and in significant areas of...
  14. dragonfly

    Establishing AB15 legume mix

    I have 90 hectares of AB15 legume mix to establish immediately after harvest. I have my seed delivered and waiting in the barn. Considering the late(ish) harvest and the fact that I am following spring barley, what establishment method should I use?
  15. W

    Organic farming

    Hello guys! Wondering if anyone can advise some good resources on organic farming for me to learn from? Any textbooks, online websites or books I can buy on the matter. I’ve a degree in science and so have a particular interest in studying farming and coming at things from a scientific...
  16. B

    Thistle s

    What is my soil lacking when lots of thisles growing
  17. Clive

    DEFRA SFI Question time with Janet Hughes - 11th August, submit your questions please

    DEFRA has once more invited the members of TFF to put their questions regarding the ELMS scheme forward and take them to an exclusive interview withJanet Hughes, who is the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme (FFCP). The Q&A will take place on the 11th August and...
  18. C

    thistle and dock spray

    What would you say is the best and most cost efficient spray to control thistles and docks in grass land? Is there any thing that is clover safe?
  19. C

    Splitting a 90 acre field into 45 x 2 acre fields

    Just pondering I have a 90 acre field on the Urban Fringe ( if planning isn’t favourable for more lucrative uses) What would stop me splitting into 45 x 2 acre fields and selling each one individually there seems loads of new people on here wanting to buy an acre or two for the Good Life. say...
  20. D

    For those farming less than 200 acres.

    Purely for those farming less than 200 acres * please : 1) Have you been invited to be a pilot for the SFI ? Will you be taking up the invitation ? 2) How important are current BPS payments to your business ? 3) From what you know to date, do you see the SFI as being of relevance to your...