Agii and DD\CC

jimcooke770

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We have been moving gradually to reduced/no till but reading the article on page 91 of Direct Driller Issue 12 , and after watching the excellent Agrii Stow Longa Results Webinar I'm wondering if we're barking up the wrong tree .
6 years of trials have shown "the metal treatments show an average annual advantage of over £125/ ha over the roots ". This includes cultivation costs .
I know this might be seen as sacrilege in some quarters , but I'm not sure I can afford £50 an acre off my bottom line .
 
We have been moving gradually to reduced/no till but reading the article on page 91 of Direct Driller Issue 12 , and after watching the excellent Agrii Stow Longa Results Webinar I'm wondering if we're barking up the wrong tree .
6 years of trials have shown "the metal treatments show an average annual advantage of over £125/ ha over the roots ". This includes cultivation costs .
I know this might be seen as sacrilege in some quarters , but I'm not sure I can afford £50 an acre off my bottom line .
How good was their establishment of DD crops etc? Get it right and there shouldnt really be any yield difference by and large.
 

jimcooke770

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Do your own trials on your own farm if you are unsure of your tillage system.
We do . Best spring crops consistently come from early autumn ploughing to control BG . Jurys still out on cover crops , except spring barley which shows a slight yeild drop . Hence my interest in some hard data rather than "soil health ".
 

alomy75

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With my farmer hat on; I get the theory behind cover crops. With my Agronomist hat on; I don’t dare touch them. Too many potential rotational clashes with beans and osr; not to mention potentially introducing another weed to the farm. So I’m playing with just leaving natural growth to grow a little bit more; it’s free, it’s green cover and would have been there anyway. Clearly you have to spray it before it sets seed. I saw that webinar too and agree it’s concerning as I’m just starting to DD also in readiness for ELMS...I won’t be getting rid of the cultivators just yet but I’m pretty sure, on my land, it will be a case of DD if everything is with you but till if it’s clear you need to (mostly as I’m still, unfortunately, tied into a beet contract).
 
The problem with trial comparing notill with tillage is that notill land changes the more years from tillage
and you need to manage the crop in the year it is grown not in advance as a trial protocol

with my cover crop of oats after barley the last 4 years each has been totally different
2017 established well with early growth delayed spring planting due to wet spell
2018 very fast early growth knee high by Christmas dry April then wet May
2019. Not a lot of growth till January when it stopped raining dry April spring planting perfect but needed to roll
2020. So many barley volunteers the oats struggle to compete

the more years I do it the easier it becomes but you have to read the soil condition on the day
 

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Variety ‘watch list’ for wheat yellow rust released

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

AHDB has issued a yellow rust watch list to help flag winter wheat varieties most likely to perform out of line with the disease ratings published in the Recommended Lists. Charlotte Cunningham reports. The watch list, which orders varieties based on yellow rust levels from the three worst RL trials (for each variety), can help identify those most likely to benefit from closer monitoring, says the levy board. It follows the development of a new rating calculation approach that better reflects the diverse and dynamic nature of the UK’s rust populations, announced at the launch of the online edition of the RL 2021/22 in Dec. Discussions on the latest twists and turns...
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