water logging

  1. Selectamatic

    Thinking of growing winter beans...

    .... but i know nothing about them! I've got a market for them, and the straw. I've grown wheat three times on the same piece of land and thought it could do with change / rest. Beans also give the land a bit of nitrogen... I've got my own kit to do it. Where not talking big acres here...
  2. Matthew Britton

    Mole Drainage

    So….. question from someone who has come of chalk down land that never really needed draining. We are now living in central France with some very different ground to what I have been used to. During the winter the ground quickly water logs and takes a long time to dry in the spring. The farm is...
  3. M-J-G

    Red Clover

    Who's growing it, and what are the up/down sides. I'm wondering about feeding it to young stock and restricted to sucklers along with straw. TIA
  4. Kevtherev


    Evening all I thought it may be a good idea of a dedicated legume thread for the livestock men. Clovers being the most popular inclusion in a grazing mix. Place to share ideas and info on alternative legumes used in grazing systems. Establishment methods/grazing management etc
  5. L

    GS4 seed

    Morning all, Has anyone got any opinions on gs4 seed mixes, particularly if your grazing sheep and cutting for hay. Are there any mixtures better than others? Any particular "must haves" in mixture from a grazing and cutting perspective? Thanks 😀
  6. K

    Success of direct drilling in long term.

    Having used a Dale drill successfully for 20 years of notillage leaving all straw chopped on the surface with a mix of autumn and spring sown cash crops . I have come to the conclusion that a notillage idealist approach is maybe not the answer and we have to be flexible to aerating the soil...
  7. 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...
  8. Petroldrinker

    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...
  9. Simon Chiles

    Nitrogen fixing bacteria.

    With the recent escalation of Nitrogen prices it has occurred to me that growers are going to consider alternative sources of N. Having been involved with some initial work on N fixing bacteria I thought it might be useful to have a thread on here so that farmers can ask questions about some of...
  10. W

    Extase potential problems

    I have heard from my agronomist today that someone not far from me PE9 postcode, has been harvesting extase with a yield of about 2 t/ha. Apparently KwS are looking into this. Has anyone else had any problems.?
  11. Kernowkid

    Min till forage rape/stubble turnips

    Looking to put some rape/stubble turnips in on spring barley stubble. Usually plough and drill conventionally for sheep. But looking to keep the soil structure firmer and try and out winter some suckler cows. What’s everyone doing to drill theirs? To tight to get DD in so was thinking a one pass...
  12. W

    Blackgrass chemical attack

    I know there’s another general BG thread but this is just a particular question about chemicals. Basically what are your ‘chemical’ approaches to BG. We aren’t doing a proper job so looking for ideas please.
  13. Will Blackburn

    Maize 2021

    Could be disappointing, I have one light field in with stronger land waiting for dry weather. I could have drilled a month ago but soil temperatures were very low, I'm not seeing any evidence yet that we missed a trick as nothing is showing for earlier sowings. It looks very likely that some of...
  14. E

    a question for the potato experts

    My first lifted rocket have split and cracked . Can anyone explain why
  15. jerseycowsman

    Is it going to rain again or is this 1976 mark 2??

    As the title says!
  16. Farm Business RSS

    Farm Business Income report highlights a volatile year for farming

    Written by Iain Hoey The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has released the provisional figures for the 2020/2021 Farm Business Income report, which demonstrate the volatility farmers faced in a year defined by the Covid-19 pandemic. The forecasts for 2020/21, which are...
  17. Chickcatcher

    Huge Copper Planter/Vat

    Stolen Friday Morning from outside 88 year olds farm bungalow a very large Old Copper, about a meter high and meter across. Herts Police crime number 41/21752/21
  18. l'ordinary bonville

    Autumn manure banned

    I,ve heard down the grapevine that the EA are banning autumn slurry and solid muck applications as AHDB have told them there is no crop justification for applications of N or manur containing N apart from on osr This effectively means all and any livestock manures or digestate cannot be...
  19. Jerry

    State of your crops?

    Given the late drilling date and the amount of rain that’s gone on them I’m pleasantly pleased with the state of my crops. I do have two small fields that are below par but most are looking well. How are others looking? Wheat and barley below, no rape this year but locally it looks well.
  20. A

    Autumn Wheat drilling

    You have blackgrass and sow from Early October onwards and struggle with conditions. Your wheat is pretty clean but will probably not achieve full yield. Your so called expert associate thinks you should start drilling in early to mid September and get drilled up in good conditions to hit higher...