Cover crop prior to spring beans

Discussion in 'Direct Drilling Crops & Agronomy' started by Devon James, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. Devon James

    Devon James Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Any positive or negative experiences with a cc prior to beans?
    What mix would work well?
    Thanks
     
  2. Richard III

    Richard III Member

    Location:
    CW5 Cheshire
    Just keep radish out of the mix, if they regrow you can't take them out of the crop (I learnt this the hard way).
     
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  3. I've done both ryegrass and oats. I think its a positive thing to do if your in the mood. Keep it cheap - try and use farm save oats is my advice
     
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  4. Devon James

    Devon James Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Have linseed here that could be used. Oats won't be a problem, there's enough wild ones growing on the ground in question I like the idea of trying to plant into the cover and reducing the need for a pre em but don't expect will be brave enough for that
     
  5. David_A

    David_A Member

    Location:
    Fife
    James, we have done this up here this year. Rye is great for the job. It grows so well in spring that the weeds don't.
    Just sow beans into it then round up. No more weeds in beans than when we used pre em. Not sure how your Clayton would cope. Using disc drill here.
     
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  6. Devon James

    Devon James Member

    Location:
    Devon
    Rye sound a good idea David. Will see what price the seed is.
    Half planning on looking at getting a set of discs for the Claydon and removing the front tine for certain situations
     
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  7. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    I've got a set of leading discs for just this. Not had to use them yet. @juke uses them a lot
     
  8. juke

    juke Member

    Location:
    DURHAM
    tines for drilling covers , beans and rape, cereal drilling gets the disc seems to work well enough,

    it still disturbs a bit as the disc goes in quite a bit, I don't think you would get away with drilling without pre ems tbh we certainly haven't dared be that brave, we did out of character drill some beans using the leading disc in the autumn for a customer they came fine n look ok that was on very light land
     
    Last edited: Jul 20, 2018
  9. I like the sound of oats and ryegrass- farm saved oats would be ideal and not too difficult to kill, either.
     

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