What seed rates do you use a nd do you find the buckwheat has helped with the flea beetle
I struggle with the idea of companion crops; harvest 2020 we had buckwheat and phacelia companion crop trials drilled inter-row of osr and the companion crops grew really well…still zero rape though. I’d lean toward your drilling date observation.3 kg OSR, 3 kg buckwheat (plus 3 kg clover which never established). It was the only field that I companion cropped and the only one not decimated by flea beetles, but it was also the earliest drilled. So don’t know if drilling date or companion cropping was the difference.
250g CItric acid powder added to 1.5l/ha Glyphosate hammers grass and quickly. Highly effective and cheap in these times of Gly shortageDo you think the roundup did a poor job?
I‘ve had grass grow back in the past however seems to be more to do with the following weather as in warm and wet which seems to assist regrowth.
This year after roundup June with us was dry and the grass has died off better because of that it seems.
I used a better quality glyphosate also which apparently has better wetters.
Sometimes hard water needs an additive to soften to help it work.
That’s incredible; which LD subby did you use? Any difference in blw/grassweed emergence +\- subsoiler?Thought I’d share these photos of crops drilled with the old Horsch.
first 2, winter barley into chopped s barley straw, with part of the field having a pass with a low disturbance subsoiler running at 200/225 mm deep.
one shot showing the transition from untouched to moved.
3 W barley drilled 10 days ago.
4 osr drilled a the end of August
5 wheat into chopped s oats
This thing, Quivogne scd with a guttler on the back.That’s incredible; which LD subby did you use? Any difference in blw/grassweed emergence +\- subsoiler?
Something @Clive once mentioned that is so true:Pleased it’s all going well for you @Two Tone, crops look great. I think that you have got into notill in the right way to be successful, unfortunately lots of people dive in without getting the basics right and then condemn the technique when it doesn’t always work how it should.
Your mention of being able to walk on notilled ground in your shoes after a big rain event is just the proof you need about what’s going on under your feet
Good work there @Two ToneSomething @Clive once mentioned that is so true:
If you want something to work, you’ve got to really want it to work.
Yes, there are bound to be a few cock-ups when you start a new technique. But if you can realise and learn why it went wrong, you can rectify the situation next time if you are determined to succeed with it.
“That’ll do” will never do. Sometimes it’ll work and sometimes it won’t. Usually because there was too much hope it’ll work, rather that choosing exactly the right time and conditions to give it every opportunity to succeed.
Every day is a school day.
Crap autumns. Didn’t get anything drilled in autumn 2019 and last autumn was vaguely better but only for the fact we got something drilled in autumn. At 20m above sea level with 2m of fall in 1km in one direction water breeds water with high mg snot. So we converted our old flat lift to Metcalf ng legs to loosen up some areas and in the end I did the lot. Hopefully won’t need to use much going forwardLast 2 years of crap? Poor crops?
Ah I see. We are the same; sea level is about 5 bricks up from ground level here (south lincs) so we soon get a lake if things aren’t right. Pleased to see last year tho that the dd field had no more water than the conventional tillage next door drilled a day apartDidn’t get anything drilled in autumn 2019 and last autumn was vaguely better but only for the fact we got something drilled in autumn. At 20m above sea level with 2m of fall in 1km in one direction water breeds water with high mg snot. So we converted our old flat lift to Metcalf ng legs to loosen up some areas and in the end I did the lot. Hopefully won’t need to use much going forward