They are a pain in the ass to be honest but we need to accept it’s part of modern farming. ELMS will be based around things like cover cropping so it’s part of life. Another £20-£40/ha spend time tick some boxes. I know people putting fertiliser on cover crops and spraying them with herbs. Serviced agronomy companies have sold them expensive seed and then fool them into applying inputs to get the things to grow. All because they’ve lost income through later wheat drilling so reduced herbicide spends and no osr about.As above , if they haven’t why are you growing them????
Is it in anticipation of “Jam Next Year”??
I appreciate that if you are farming heavy land , the cover crops may slowly be improving the soil structure which is hard to quantify in financial terms.
i agree. on heavy land you need to destroy the cover crop early enough. it will not dry the soil out in the spring.Even a thick crop of volunteers causes issues in spring. Aphids. Slugs. And you need to have them sprayed off in January really. They don't really do a job for us in drying the soil, but in the future there will be no way we can leave bare land over winter.
On the other hand, I've a field in ab6 fallow after well shaken spring oats that will be a complete carpet by November. I'm checking to see if there is anything I can do with then before january. Where oats are broadcast on to undisturbed land, the biomass abd root mass they make in a year is ace. Easy ploughing for sure.
If I had land I could plough in spring, then I'd use a cover crop all the time.
Thats what Dad used to do, yet the younger members of TFF and the farming fraternity i.e "BASE"members think they have come across something new.We’ve grown them for ever and a day, but called it a catch crop of stubble turnips, which sheep graze and we make money from it. Meanwhile the sheep destroy it without using chemicals and leave plenty of muck behind. Recycling if you like.