Direct Driller Issue 5 - Contents and Introduction

We will be adding all of Issue 5 to The Farming Forum - here is what to expect...

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CONTENTS ISSUE 5

Introduction .....................................................4
Conserving Water with Cover Crops ................................6
Featured Farmer: David Miller......................................8
Hitting the Sainfoin Trail..........................................10
Groundswell 2019...............................................12
Should you rotate your Cover Crops ...............................16
Making a smooth change to No-till ................................20
FarmInn from Rothamsted........................................22
Spring into action: Choosing Adjuvants ............................24
Farmer Focus: David White.......................................27
Practical advice for improving soil health ...........................28
27th Annual US National No-Tillage Conference.....................31
Brix, Magnesium and Manganese..................................33
Tips for Managing Cover Crop Mixes...............................38
Farmer Focus: Clive Bailye........................................46
Grazing Crops: Part 3 ............................................50
Humus Black Gold...............................................54
Companion Cropping ............................................58
Farmer Focus: Steve Lear.........................................61
AHDB: Following the slug trail ....................................62
AHDB: Why Integrated Pest Management is closer than we think .....66
Stress levels ....................................................70
Farmer Focus: Alex Shutes........................................73
An ongoing evolution............................................76
Take us to the Worms............................................80
Farmer Focus: Tom Sewell ........................................82
Lower Pertwood Farm ...........................................84
The Journey of an Agricultural Dealership ..........................90
Biological Inoculant trials ........................................92
Upcoming Events................................................98

INTRODUCTION

by Mike Donovan, Editor, Direct Driller Magazine

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It’s perhaps not so important whether Einstein said “ insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting different results” or not. The powerful phrase initiates progress and of course has considerable relevance in farming, where doing the same thing can be a bit of a habit. That is, of course, if you need change. If the results of your efforts are already acceptable and worth repeating, change is the last thing to consider. But when things around you are about to change, as is the case of UK farming today, that’s the time to look hard at what you are doing and how you might do it better.

This Direct Driller issue, the fifth to be published, presents a huge number of ideas and possibilities for cereal growers. The breadth and depth of its articles is seriously considerable. It of course comes at a very critical time. The real consequences of current politics on farming will remain unknown for some time, yet the farming year progresses and forward decisions have to be taken.

You’ll find a great deal of wisdom in these pages, from people who have been making and measuring change on their farms, companies which have forged ahead with new and better processes: mechanical; chemical and especially biological. I still maintain that farming is on the cusp of a revolution in terms of production and its environmental impact. Farmers really are getting kinder to mother nature and are beginning to understand the powers which we can use to the good of all… and Direct Driller is a valuable resource for all involved. The fact it remains free of charge and produced without a government or quango handout is truly remarkable.
 

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World Food Day: NFU Cymru celebrates Welsh food producers at the Senedd

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Written by Rachel Martin

NFU Cymru members and Assembly Members have been celebrating the role that Welsh farmers play in producing nutritious, high quality, safe affordable food during an event at the Senedd today on World Food Day (October 16).

The lunchtime event, which was sponsored by Llyr Gruffydd AM, included a special menu of fine Welsh produce.

Speaking at the event, NFU Cymru...
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