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Cover crop between winter cereals

Discussion in 'Direct Drilling Crops & Agronomy' started by cows r us, Jul 19, 2018.

  1. cows r us

    cows r us Member

    Our winter wheat crop looks like it's going to be off early this year. We follow it with a winter barley crop. Is it worth putting a cover in between the two. Wheat will be off in the next couple of weeks, barley will go in the last week of September. I'll only do it if we have rain in the forcast. Is there a crop that will grow enough to make it worth while?
     
  2. Devon James

    Devon James Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Have you got anything on farm you could use? Linseed etc. Would be useful to get the volunteers wheat to chit
     
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  3. cows r us

    cows r us Member

    Ive got home saved linseed, wheat, barley, oats and beans
     
  4. 4course

    4course Member

    Location:
    north yorks
    weve been using the efa malarky to grow a catch crop of mustard between cereals . Now theve moved the date of destruction to middle october not so good, but weve seen benefits in improved soils and yields. Easy and cheep to grow but you cant delay sowing barley into oct here so will be curtailed but for early harvested wheat to be followed by wheat we will still do some and probably non efa land into barley if it comes moist
     
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  5. cows r us

    cows r us Member

    I might try some mustard if the weather breaks. Just trying to find some at a good price.
     
  6. If wouldn't bother to be honest.
     
  7. cows r us

    cows r us Member

    Looking at the long term forcast I don't recon there is going to be enough rainfall to make it worth while. We a really dry in the south east. Only a couple of mm since the end of April.
     
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  8. cows r us

    cows r us Member

    Saw a neighbour drilling osr today. Must know something I don't.
     
  9. Do you have any soil moisture ?
    With it so dry, is it worth it ?
     
  10. cows r us

    cows r us Member

    No don't think it's is now. Will get them in if we have a weeks worth of rain in the forcast.
     
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  11. What the fudge :scratchhead:
     
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  12. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    Rain forecast for bank holiday weekend...
     
  13. clbarclay

    clbarclay Member

    Location:
    Worcestershire
    Appart from volunteers, I have drilled some barley on fields going into winter beans. The gound is fairly dry, but not bone dry. I don't mean to brag, but I have a coulpe of puddles in the yard.
     

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