Cultivation 2022

jrss

Member
Seeing as the ground is like concrete here in the SE, what are peoples thoughts with getting something done with no rain in the forecast.
No chance of a plough getting in the ground or any type of Sumo machine without major wear and probably damage to machine and tractor.
Discing seems to be the only cost effective option, have tried some and was impressed with the results.
Peoples thoughts !!!
 

CORNFLAKE

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Warwickshire
Yup, just a couple of quick passes with discs and press, then roll it tight. Sit back, light your pipe, slippers on, pint of mild, then wait until late September.
I take it you have a Black grass problem and need to get a stale seed bed otherwise why bother with anything at the moment. 🤷
Put your shades on, sun cream on deck chair out Cocktail in hand then wait until late September. 😜
 

Lincsman

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Seeing as the ground is like concrete here in the SE, what are peoples thoughts with getting something done with no rain in the forecast.
No chance of a plough getting in the ground or any type of Sumo machine without major wear and probably damage to machine and tractor.
Discing seems to be the only cost effective option, have tried some and was impressed with the results.
Peoples thoughts !!!
Doing nothing is even more cost effective.
 

teslacoils

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
So you have a solo and a powerharrow, a proper heretic then. That's madness I can cope with.
No, it is not my power Harrow. I own a solo which is mostly used without the legs; a cast ring press; and a set of rolls. Ive a old self propelled sprayer, and a similarly aged loader.

I will trade some soloing for the power harrowing. Contractors sow and cut my crops. I share a solid feet spreader with my daddy - one loads the other spreads.

The sprayer and loader are under review.
 

spikeislander

Member
Location
bedfordshire
Pulling out the tramlines , then subsoiling it ( doing a lovely job) then I’ve just bought a cheap set of heavy old discs I’ll pull them over it all instead of breaking our better kit , then maybe a rexius twin after .
Sit back and wait for rain and stale seed beds!
thats the plan but I must admit I’m not racing at it , it’s the traction that’s an issue as any slip is wearing , the actual metal wear isn’t as bad as I’d thought as the point is exploding it up so wear after the initial impact is low to other parts ( wings etc)
 

czechmate

Member
Mixed Farmer
Pulling out the tramlines , then subsoiling it ( doing a lovely job) then I’ve just bought a cheap set of heavy old discs I’ll pull them over it all instead of breaking our better kit , then maybe a rexius twin after .
Sit back and wait for rain and stale seed beds!
thats the plan but I must admit I’m not racing at it , it’s the traction that’s an issue as any slip is wearing , the actual metal wear isn’t as bad as I’d thought as the point is exploding it up so wear after the initial impact is low to other parts ( wings etc)

yep, I’m achieving the best subsoiling ever
 

DrWazzock

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
We are discoing then paraplowing as the paraplow can’t cope with chopped straw and makes a less rough surface after the discs. We will then power Harrow and roll tight to level and hopefully create a chit and wait. Then maybe drill something straight in later. I’m not rushing OSR in as I feel it’s too dry for any technique and I fear cabbage root fly here if drilled much before 23rd. If the OSR does fail we will drill wheat straight into it.
Old Parmiter heavy discs are working well here.
 

DrWazzock

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Wondered if I should be putting polydulphate on while it’s dry and the tramlines are still there. They say it’s slow release. Will it still be around after as winter of high rainfall or should I wait till siring. Some light sand.
 

Devon James

Member
Location
Devon
Skat over some osr stubbles a week or so ago to rearrange the trash, sorry, residue. Any lumps are then not a potential home for slugs. But even this feels fairly pointless for a while. Good time to get some lime and fibrophos spread though
 

DrWazzock

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
French ramming rape in , clearly they aren't concerned
About what? Drought or cabbage root fly?
I like the prospect of a decent rain before drilling it. A shower just chits it and then it burns off without a further top up.
I once went to spray off a field of OSR volunteers, obviously “sown” very early. Needn’t have bothered. Whole lot killed or severely stunted by cabbage root fly. A maggot in every stump.
 

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HSENI names new farm safety champions

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...
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