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  1. Richard Smyth

    Krone front mower

    Howdy. I have a 3.6 meter front mower. Looking for ideas to stop it bulldozing when cutting. Last year we had extremely light crops. Soil would build up of the skids and cause it to bulldoze. If it was raining it worked perfect as the soil didn’t stick and if it was dry it was ok but in...
  2. 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 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sustainable-farming-incentive-how-the-scheme-will-work-in-2022), today we're publishing information about the 2 other new...
  3. 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...
  4. C

    Clover and herbs in permanent pasture

    Hi there, Wondering if anyone has experience of stitching in clover to permanent pasture to boost nitrogen? Also can herbs be added in? Will be grazing sticklers.
  5. N

    single pass mowing/baling

    other than a front mounted mower and rear baler is there any single machine that will cut and clear stewardship residues? must be versatile in tight corners. single chop? foreage trailer? baler? zero grazer?? any ideas. thanks
  6. Direct Driller Magazine

    AHDB: Strategic Farm Report December 2021

    Tis the time of year to reflect on progress, thing you’ change and things you’ll keep just as they are. In this spirt, its time to review progress at AHDB’s Strategic Farms and share some results with you. From the 15 of November, we ran Strategic Farm week with four distinct themes. Can...
  7. Tarw Coch

    Fallen tree on boundary

    I have two fallen trees on boundaries with neighbours, one out of neighbours hedge into my field and one out of my hedge into a different neighbours field. Which one am I responsible for cleaning?
  8. 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.
  9. Rowland

    Ed Sheeran wants to rewild the Country

    Apparently Ed wants to rewild the UK to offset his carbon footprint over the last few years. I just wonder were all of his fans will get there food from...
  10. CornishRanger

    Ploughing permanent pasture

    After some advice/guidance. Anyone on here applied to plough permanent pasture? We have taken on a tenancy where the grassland has all been down long enough to be classed as PP and needs ploughing really. I've found the relevant paperwork on the gov.uk site, just wondering if people had previous...
  11. D

    Watercourses and hedgerows

    Slightly disappointed at the lack of threads on ELMS, thought I would start one. A few recent comments on here have suggested that watercourses and hedgerows are in the sights of lobby groups for needing mandatory protection. Taking it as a given that our national bodies get a line drawn in...
  12. 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...
  13. beardface

    Solar park grazing

    Looking for info from people that currently graze solar parks. Looks like we're getting 170 acres going in at bottom of farm and said we'd like to graze it.
  14. Jsmith2211

    Hybrid Rye

    Hello again. We are looking into doing hybrid rye this spring on some fairly light land (in places its heavy but overall its quite sandy). 30 acre rented block that my father is very keen on renting out to potatoes - which doesnt do the soil any good in my opinion. We like the look of rye...
  15. steveR

    Boar thistle killing late on?

    I was really rather pee'd when I realised a few weeks ago that my nice herbal ley, has started to grow boar thistles. :-( I have been successfully been spot treating them with Polo of the back of a mini compact tractor. Best session was when I go my Urban BiL to drive teh wee tractor, and I...
  16. Bignor Farmer

    Joining electric fence wire

    An Exciting thread for a Sunday morning but it’s raining and I’m already bored! We do miles and miles of sheep electric fencing with our Rappa system and stranded wire and inevitably get lots of breaks to repair. Usually just snip the ends clean, connect 2 loops and flatten because it’s quick...
  17. hubbahubba

    New grass lay full of thistles

    Reseed in june, looked well but now alot of spear thistles got ahold. Its got plantain and clover in it too. Whats the best options to kill them? Grounds probably still dry enough to spray but think i would kill plantain and clover. But they won't be tall enough to weed wipe, although never seen...
  18. P

    How long does NE have to catch you?

    If one were to, for instance, plough up a field of uncultivated grassland, and turn it into an arable monoculture, how many years has Natural England got before they can't come after you for not having got clearance?
  19. Greythundercloudys

    30,000 acres per year for trees 2024.

    Is this a joke, where is all this land coming from once its planted that's it gone forever, a shepherd was saying this farm where he worked is getn the greener inbye ground planted and the hill ground left to go wild. I wounder what's they are paying.
  20. T

    Are Contractors rates having to go up.

    Due to the hike in machinery and fuel costs along with the increase price in electricity and the standard of living.We do a small amount of contracting and grain drying and I feel we will have to charge more to make it worthwhile. Thoughts ?
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