water logging

  1. 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...
  2. 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.
  3. 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...
  4. D

    To dual or not to dual

    Is it better to squash down half the width 2” or twice the width 1”. It’s pretty wet so anything run on will suffer. The eradicators will dig out my wheelings to some extent. Also they are big heavy barstewards that are an utter pain to get on and off, and often seem to be at the back of the...
  5. norfolk'n'good

    Tine seeders, info required

    Gone from getting concerned to getting a little bit desperate here! Got alot of ploughed and pressed land ready to go but not overly optimistic it will dry enough underneath for either ther combination or vaderstad to go. If the top couple of inches was to dry would a tine seeder be any good...
  6. Flintstone

    Wheat drilling 2020

    Go on, someone must have started...
  7. steveR

    Herbal Ley sowing date?

    I had hoped to be putting in several fields of Herbal Leys this Autumn under the STEPS scheme from Severn Trent, however, the Spring Barley is still standing* there, and listening to the forecast this morning, it doesn't look like coming off in the coming days either... :( When do the "herbal"...
  8. pipestretcher

    Take-all in first wheat.

    In a year that keeps on giving, I'm now finding quite a lot of Take-all in first wheats, predominantly on the secondary tillers but some areas where all the plants are affected. This is March drilled Belepi after V. Peas. Anyone else got similar or am I the 'chosen one'!
  9. paul mcerlean

    Watercourse cleaning

    Looking some insight into how many meters a reasonable driver and a machine can clean out per hour/per day, to clean out a watercourse. Have a lot to do and not sure how long/ how much it will cost me. Thanks
  10. steveR

    A Novice and his Aitchison Grassfarmer.

    I have been mulling and exploring the possible use of a basic DD tine drill such as found in the Aitchison and Sim-Tec range for while now, to use initially on game and stewardship drilling, with an increase next year onwards, as ground comes out of my old Stewardship and transitions into other...
  11. C

    Is the ‘Big Drill’ going to happen?

    See the high pressure has gone this week and heavy rain forecast on Friday . Still no crops in . Ground saturated, 13mm in last 24 hrs. High Mag soils, land drain running again tonight. turning into a perfect storm Time ticking on.....
  12. D


    Is it right that there's hardly any winter crops in and straw will be expensive this winter coming?
  13. Lazy Sod

    Is It Time To Ban Maize

    Given the soil structure damage caused by maize harvesting in a wet season and the soil erosion during the following winter months, is it time to consider banning maize growing? Discuss.
  14. Brisel

    What % of your winter wheat is sown?

    In response to the widely vilified AHDB and grain merchant opinions on how much wheat has been sown, I thought I'd start this poll. Remember to select your region as well as your % of planned winter wheat sown. One choice for %, one choice for region and one for the month sown (for the majority...
  15. jh.

    No till and cover crops in Scotland

    Keep getting told it'll never work up here but I'm convinced it will be the direction we get forced down in coming years. Cover crops after harvest might not get sown until mid to late September, is this too late to get a decent stand going into winter ? Spring crops later drilled into...
  16. Trying

    Potato price 2019

    Well if no one will I’ll start if off. Hearing a wide range of prices. I’ve started at £240 markies. Looking for £250 next week. I think the only down side at the moment is some might be getting rid quick before they go themselves.
  17. ajd132

    Open Slots

    Managing to get some wheat into bean stubble but quite a lot of open slots. There’s a lot of friable tilth sitting around the edges. Will Friday/the weekends rain wash this in? Should I pre em now or next week?
  18. M

    Getting concerned

    So who's getting concerned, with 70 mm in the rain gauge since Sunday and a lot more to come over the week I certainly am. If your on free draining soil then probably not but I reside on sticky red marl which can take an age to dry out. Most of the ground is moved and was in good condition...
  19. Direct Driller Magazine

    Earthworm Engineers Series

    Written by Eliza Jenkins Community Development at Sectormentor for Soils. Eliza helps to nurture the community at Sectormentor for Soils - a system that enables you to monitor and assess soil health on your farm. Earthworm Engineers #1: Ecosystem Services Many fascinating papers on earthworms...
  20. W

    Wet ground???

    I have a block of ground that seems to hold surface water more than the rest of my land. All land is the same soil type, all on limestone and all very similar elevation. Would using a slitter/aerator help the situation? Never done any before so any help is much appreciated.