DD on livestock farm

Joe

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Carlow Ireland
Anyone on here direct drilling swedes into burnt off grass with an old Moore? Just looking for some advice, seed per hectare rate, spacing use each coulter or skip every second one?
Also have few bunches of nettles in the field that is burnt off, seems to be effect of drought last year. While roundup has killed them some of there are large enough, would it worth while hit with an old topper before drilling or maybe just drill and top after?
 
Anyone on here direct drilling swedes into burnt off grass with an old Moore? Just looking for some advice, seed per hectare rate, spacing use each coulter or skip every second one?
Also have few bunches of nettles in the field that is burnt off, seems to be effect of drought last year. While roundup has killed them some of there are large enough, would it worth while hit with an old topper before drilling or maybe just drill and top after?
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neilo

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Montgomeryshire
Anyone on here direct drilling swedes into burnt off grass with an old Moore? Just looking for some advice, seed per hectare rate, spacing use each coulter or skip every second one?
Also have few bunches of nettles in the field that is burnt off, seems to be effect of drought last year. While roundup has killed them some of there are large enough, would it worth while hit with an old topper before drilling or maybe just drill and top after?
Not with a Moore, but I do so every year with my Simtech. I usually drill at 0.75kg/ac. Sometimes that’s too high, if the following weather means that every seed germinates. Sometimes it’s too low, when it stays dry after or creepy crawlies cause much damage. As seed isn’t treated any more, i’d Probably be inclined to edge it up towards a kilo/ac now, but certainly no higher or you could end up with a field of radishes.
I drill with every coulter, and you could always mix the seed with something inert (rice?) if you struggle to get the rate low enough.

As for the nettles, i’d Not worry too much about the topping. If it was straight glyphosate they’ll probably grow back anyway, so you’ll have patches with no swedes anyway.:(
 
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Joe

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Carlow Ireland
Thanks @neilo rate sounds good I was aiming for 2kg/Hec, would it be worth hitting nettles again with some mcpa or horse bolted now just drill and hope for the best? also what's best stage to spray boron on, another thing trying first time...
 

neilo

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Thanks @neilo rate sounds good I was aiming for 2kg/Hec, would it be worth hitting nettles again with some mcpa or horse bolted now just drill and hope for the best? also what's best stage to spray boron on, another thing trying first time...
If the nettles are keeling over, they won’t take any chemical up now. You could only really hit them again when the new growth comes back. Handheld weed wiper with Grazon or similar if you want to try to save any swedes underneath perhaps?

I sprayed mine with a foliar trace element containing boron last year, when they had pretty well covered the ground. I didn’t find any with heart rot in the winter, but hadn’t tested for soil levels beforehand. I was intending to do the same again this year, if they get drilled.
 
Not with a Moore, but I do so every year with my Simtech. I usually drill at 0.75kg/ac. Sometimes that’s too high, if the following weather means that every seed germinates. Sometimes it’s too low, when it stays dry after or creepy crawlies cause much damage. As seed isn’t treated any more, i’d Probably be inclined to edge it up towards a kilo/ac now, but certainly no higher or you could end up with a field of radishes.
I drill with every coulter, and you could always mix the seed with something inert (rice?) if you struggle to get the rate low enough.

As for the nettles, i’d Not worry too much about the topping. If it was straight glyphosate they’ll probably grow back anyway, so you’ll have patches with no swedes anyway.:(
Good idea........ the rice (y)....., so with the mrs to the supermarket and trolley each full of bags of rice :unsure:
....but hang on a minute ....it might not be inert..... and with a very wet season :cautious::D
 

Joe

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Carlow Ireland
Never thought be saying to wet this year, but trying to get 12 acres stubble turnips into old lay to finish lambs. It’s been to wet last week to spray off, what’s the latest could dd stubble turnips and anyone ever dd into grass without spraying off?
 
Never thought be saying to wet this year, but trying to get 12 acres stubble turnips into old lay to finish lambs. It’s been to wet last week to spray off, what’s the latest could dd stubble turnips and anyone ever dd into grass without spraying off?
Put ours in 25 Aug last year and we’re in the hills. Came tremendous but was a perfect autumn for it. Sprayed my last field off yesterday so ours won’t be going in for a week or so. What went in last month are absolutely flying.
As for into grass without spraying they’ll germinate then get smothered out. Don’t bother I’d say. Get it sprayed as soon as you can and get them in as soon as it suits.
 
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