Look OK for a few quid.Stupid wing nuts!!!
Got so fed up dropping and losing the damned things for the metal cover over the metering assembly, every time I am cleaning out, I am trying some of these instead.
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Pics man dont forget the picsWalking around today after the rain overnight, and checking the recent sowings with the wee Aitchison.
The first areas of Herbal Ley for the Severn Trent Water STEPS was drilled into SB stubble after baling. Dry as a desert and rather hard clay. The grasses seem to be poking through now as do the "herbs", but deffo missing moisture. The areas I cultivated are very similar, and were also waiting for the rain, so hopefully, it will make a crop before Winter... Too expensive to fail
The budget Bee and Bird STEPS mix (from Kevin Tregunna) was also drilled into mainly SB stubbles and some subsoiled/disced/rolled tramlines and headland. Much to my surprise, the DD looks waaay better after 3 weeks. Bone dry on top, but the Baker Boots were just deep enough to find the moisture. Happy with this and should get established well before winter.
The earlier IRG/Fodder rape DD'd into WB stubbles was a bit of a fail, but was no better where I had disced!! I suspect drought and probably some herbicide residues caused the problem. Wanted a chisel or mould board plough I reckon, on the year...
In all a reasonable first set of results and I am pretty pleased with the machine. I can see that I must not discount a tickle with a cultivator or light discing to get a bit of tilth in the heavier land in a dry time...
I’m not sure I have any photos of cereals drilled with my Simtech, but happy enough with what it does (apart from missing tramlining). My Spring Barley was p*ss poor this year, but then my neighbour’s was worse, having been ploughed, power harrowed into submission, then combi-drilled. This season here, moisture retention certainly helped....a bit.
Sometimes, but not always. I will always shallow cultivate in some way after grazing root crops overwinter on clay ground. It would be foolish not to imo, unless you were willing to wait until late May to drill.Yes but I think you will find he has pulled something through before the drill.
So..... how have you got on this Autumn? You are like me and are fully qualified to post to this thread, "A Novice and his Aitchison"!!I 100% blame this forum for this recession busting bit of spending !
Cant wait to get cracking to be honest. Very much hoping it'll have all the promised flexibility etc. Just need to rig up some slot covering of some description, and then good to go I hope.
Love the simplicity of it, though I was slightly surprised to find an electric area meter. Will add some pics as and when I have something to show
Looks alright .As requested pics...
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Fodder rape DD'd into a burned off Ryegrass ley. The Roundup worked well but the seed reservoir after a hay crop last year was a little higher than anticipated!! So Coos and calves will munch it off then more chemical before a Herbal Ley next Spring.
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The budget Bee and Bird STEPS mix (from Kevin Tregunna) straight into a SB stubble. Possible need to go a little slower, to cut down the soil being thrown on the forward drill channels. I reckon, they get a bit too much soil cover on the small seeds. One total failed area where there was some WB, (that survived the winter!) and looking tonight, it appears as if the residual herbicide load mullered the new seeds. Will pop through with a cultivator tomorrow and try again over the weekend
Saw this a few years ago with STurnips, and altered herbicide choices, but the contract lads would not have been taking my cropping into the equation this time, as it was a late switch.
Not done a great deal yet tbh, only a bit of messing around with cover crops to get the hang of it.So..... how have you got on this Autumn? You are like me and are fully qualified to post to this thread, "A Novice and his Aitchison"!!