Anyone else not started drilling yet?

Zippy768

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Dorset/Wilts
Not drilled a seed yet.
Seed cleaners tomorrow
Wheat ground still covered in maize and beans.
Barley ground to be limed and mucked this week. Though I got impatient and sprayed off last week.

Plenty of jobs to do generally

Need a dry October 🤞🤞
 
For those with very long memories:
In 1969 we'd finished drilling by the end of September just as I set off for my first year at Shutts.
The following year, 1970, was notorious for septoria when a lot of new varieties with potential broke down [Maris Nimrod I seem to remember] and the farm manager said, "We are never again going to drill wheat before the end of September."
Rather similar to the Extase problems this year ?
 

farmerm

Member
Location
Shropshire
Two years ago we drilled the grass on 23 September ahead of rain.

Rained until march.

The Beeb monthly outlook..​

Saturday 25 September – Sunday 3 October​

Turning decidedly more autumn next week.​


Monday 4 October – Sunday 10 October​

Nearby low pressure keeping things changeable.​


Monday 11 October – Sunday 24 October​

Staying unsettled with changeable temperatures.​



Well if this turns out to be half accurate I might be kicking myself in a few weeks, maybe I should plough through the night and try get some second wheat in tomorrow... :nailbiting:
 

robs1

Member

The Beeb monthly outlook..​

Saturday 25 September – Sunday 3 October​

Turning decidedly more autumn next week.​


Monday 4 October – Sunday 10 October​

Nearby low pressure keeping things changeable.​


Monday 11 October – Sunday 24 October​

Staying unsettled with changeable temperatures.​



Well if this turns out to be half accurate I might be kicking myself in a few weeks, maybe I should plough through the night and try get some second wheat in tomorrow... :nailbiting:
Last two years it was dry here till first wk oct then rained all winter, if bg swamps the crops then will spray it off in spring,better than looking at bare patches under water.
The BBC long range forecast for Sept was rain most days so woulsnt take any notice of what they say
 

The Beeb monthly outlook..​

Saturday 25 September – Sunday 3 October​

Turning decidedly more autumn next week.​


Monday 4 October – Sunday 10 October​

Nearby low pressure keeping things changeable.​


Monday 11 October – Sunday 24 October​

Staying unsettled with changeable temperatures.​



Well if this turns out to be half accurate I might be kicking myself in a few weeks, maybe I should plough through the night and try get some second wheat in tomorrow... :nailbiting:
The same Beeb that promised us up to 50mm 3 weekends ago, we got 5mm? Then the same a fortnight ago, promised showers with thunderstorms, got 1mm...

Ground is like a desert, PP has stopped growing 2 weeks ago and the stale seedbeds are a complete non-starter. Did have some early autumn sown Bumblebird type mix get going on a stubble, but looking like it'll want redrilling come Spring.

The Heavy clay that was due Bumblebird mix has been worked up, and broadcast fodder rape to get a green cover, and try in the Spring.
 

farmerm

Member
Location
Shropshire
Last two years it was dry here till first wk oct then rained all winter, if bg swamps the crops then will spray it off in spring,better than looking at bare patches under water.
The BBC long range forecast for Sept was rain most days so woulsnt take any notice of what they say
BG not an issue here, yet. Neighbour is letting it get away from him though :banghead: It really needed a man hand roughing for a week this year, next year it would need 10 I agree the BBC forecast was often very wrong for September but even a stopped clock gets it right twice a day...

If I drilled now, I'd only be redrilling in December due to BG etc.
For the least lost anything not showing a viable crop on this land by mid November should have the gates welded shut until the following Autumn...
 

Wombat

Member
Location
East yorks
BG not an issue here, yet. Neighbour is letting it get away from him though :banghead: It really needed a man hand roughing for a week this year, next year it would need 10 I agree the BBC forecast was often very wrong for September but even a stopped clock gets it right twice a day...


For the least lost anything not showing a viable crop on this land by mid November should have the gates welded shut until the following Autumn...

2 yrs ago nothing would have survived if it had been drilled before the 23rd sept so it will go in when planned or it won;t go in at all
 

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