Are we heading for another dry spring?

jondear

Member
Location
Devon
Cows out for 5 days just dry enough now . Plenty of moisture yet .Ask in a weeks time might be different .No fert to wash in .Sun doing its job grass been growing well .
 

DrWazzock

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
We’d need over an inch of rain here now to make any difference to dry cloddy seedbeds. Clay dries slowly, but it wets slowly.
It’s wet underneath though so provided I’ve got things in deep enough they should have a fighting chance without further rain. I don’t think we’ll get any TBH. As the old boys say, it never rains in a dry time. Adapt to it.
 

ffukedfarmer

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Location
West Kent
Everything here looks full of promise at the moment, so it wouldn't surprise me if we've seen the end of the rain until September now.

That said, this year seems more like 2017 or 2019 so far which means dry until June then unsettled until September.
 

DrWazzock

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
It’s springs like this that put me off a lot of bird seed and pollinator options. Small shallow drilled seeds, late spring, no chance of a decent take here.
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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