Canary seed

Fat hen

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That hot dry spell did it no favours.
Ditto. Struggled in the drought. Seed slot opened up. Only really got going in June. Almost sprayed it off in may. Weeds aplenty. But there is crop now

Itll be our 3rd time. Last yr was good 2t/ha.
 

Nick.

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Kenilworth
We had a fair bit of millet come through in it too.
I’m amazed how resilient the seed is.
Do you DD into the residue or bale it ?
 

Fat hen

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Do you DD into the residue or bale it ?
This time I DD Trit straight into residue/thick volunteers. Chopped the straw.
Straw hangs around a long time so bales or shallow incorporation may be better. It formed a mat in places thus preventing the soil from drying so I borrowed a rake - did the job
 
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Phil P

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Arable Farmer
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North West
I was ready for writing ours off back in June!
This was the taken 2nd of June
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A month later and some rain it came on in leaps and bounds, there was still a lot of seed only just sprit!
This was taken 6th of July
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It’s probably as thick again now!
 

Fat hen

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Anyone cut their canary? Reckon I got about 1.2 t/ha versus last years 2t/ha. Getting it into into perspective its a damn sight better than It looked in May. Still a bit of profit I think
 

Phil P

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North West
Anyone cut their canary? Reckon I got about 1.2 t/ha versus last years 2t/ha. Getting it into into perspective its a damn sight better than It looked in May. Still a bit of profit I think
Finished cutting ours last Thursday, think it’s done about same as you 1.2t/ha, it’s been over the Weighbridge but I’ve not had chance to check the tickets yet. Looked like it was going to do a lot better but found a lot of empty heads! Not sure if the late frost combined with drought stress may have affected some of the early heads. Either way it should turn a small profit so will be staying for another year.
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Hindsight

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Lincolnshire
£380/t


Find me a break crop that’s cheap and easy to grow, makes a big profit and I can follow with wheat and I’ll grow that instead
I don't think Static was commenting with regard to a 'big profit' Phil P but more lifting an eyebrow wondering if there was any profit let alone a small profit at 1.2t/ha at £380 tonne. I appreciate the variable costs are quite low for Canary Grass although I have lost track of seed price per hectare. But the fact you suggest the crop is making a profit tells us plenty about your business overhead cost structure and land occupation costs (owned/mortgage/rent) Cheers.
 

teslacoils

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Lincolnshire
Yes, sorry, was just wondering how we never made a profit at double the yield. £450/ha output.

Not saying it wasn't profitable for you. But the details provided have always India cared that yield ought be between 1.5 and 3t/ha which produces a gross margin similar to linseed ie not a great deal!

Was always, seed, avadex, blw spray, pgr, dessicate for us.....plus rent and work.
 

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