Bulking up small seed quantities

SIABOD50

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Need to sow a mix of different sized seed in a small grass seeder .
But need to bulk up volume so seeder will cope .basically havnt got enough seed to fill hopper . It's WAY to expensive .
Any ideas ?
Not sure sand is an option.
 

Great In Grass

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Another option is to mix in a small amount of amenity grass seeds. This will act as a nurse crop for the wildflowers, sheltering them whilst they establish as well as preventing soil erosion by stabilising the soil.
 

SIABOD50

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Aiming for 1.5 kg over 400m2.

When I bulk it up add sand or whatever add say 6kg sand plus 1.5kg seed . And calibrate seeder to put it all on given area. So although I'm aiming for 4gn2 with sand plus seed I'll apply 18gm2.
 
@farmideas had an article years ago with someone who was doing the same, possibly with clover though. Filled a milk bottle with the seeds, drilled a hole in the lid, and made a frame to hold it inverted in the hopper of a vicon wagtail. The seeds trickled into the hopper out of the milk bottle, and spread through the wagtail as normal, saved bulking up the seeds.
 
@farmideas had an article years ago with someone who was doing the same, possibly with clover though. Filled a milk bottle with the seeds, drilled a hole in the lid, and made a frame to hold it inverted in the hopper of a vicon wagtail. The seeds trickled into the hopper out of the milk bottle, and spread through the wagtail as normal, saved bulking up the seeds.
I used to mix oat husks with rape seed etc to bulk out a bit sorry don't know where you would get them now or just some old grass seed
 

farmerm

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Shropshire
@farmideas had an article years ago with someone who was doing the same, possibly with clover though. Filled a milk bottle with the seeds, drilled a hole in the lid, and made a frame to hold it inverted in the hopper of a vicon wagtail. The seeds trickled into the hopper out of the milk bottle, and spread through the wagtail as normal, saved bulking up the seeds.
I remember someone doing something similar to that on a farm I worked on over 20 years ago!
 

Bury the Trash

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Mixed Farmer
@farmideas had an article years ago with someone who was doing the same, possibly with clover though. Filled a milk bottle with the seeds, drilled a hole in the lid, and made a frame to hold it inverted in the hopper of a vicon wagtail. The seeds trickled into the hopper out of the milk bottle, and spread through the wagtail as normal, saved bulking up the seeds.
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Bury the Trash

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Mixed Farmer
How do you calibrate the bottle?
the drill hole in the carton { that is to let the seed drop out) with a small bit to start with then progressively bigger if needed, to suit .
put the timer what drops out then work out speed/area covered etc...same as usual

the baler cord pulls the bottle upright to stop seed running out on headland

ive never used the idea mind, keep meaning too .
Original Idea Curtesy of Mike Lemmy i believe who sowed clover with it.
 
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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:

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