Do oats do much in a cover crop mix?

Daniel

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Got this summer catch crop of radish, mustard and black oats that is motoring along. But do the oats actually do much, shaded out in the bottom of the crop?
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Spud

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Arable Farmer
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What were the seed proportions? Oats work very well for me. A common mix being 50kg oats, 50kg beans, 2.5kg mustard and 4kg radish. (Direct drilled Pre potatoes)
 

Daniel

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What you goingbto do with it ,
Bio mustard needs flailing off at 60/75% flowering and incorparating well , for the gasses to work

I don't think it's being used as a biofumigant specifically. This field will be drilled with wheat next month. Most of the cover crops will be flailed off and ploughed pre-christmas before sugar beet, some will have to be left a bit longer to qualify for BPS greening.

Really the aim was to utilise autumn spread chicken muck, and hopefully leave the soil in a bit nicer condition to improve beet establishment.
 

Will 1594

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Arable Farmer
I don't think it's being used as a biofumigant specifically. This field will be drilled with wheat next month. Most of the cover crops will be flailed off and ploughed pre-christmas before sugar beet, some will have to be left a bit longer to qualify for BPS greening.

Really the aim was to utilise autumn spread chicken muck, and hopefully leave the soil in a bit nicer condition to improve beet establishment.
Done same ,but straight oil raddish , and one field has stubble tirnips will be spring ploughed and pressed and drill straight into it ,and going to try opposite of what you doing , plough it next week ,put subsoiler through it ,and sow some oats and raddish with rape seeder on back at 45 cm rows ,then drill beet between rows of cover , with mulch drill after spraying off in feb ,
 

Daniel

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Done same ,but straight oil raddish , and one field has stubble tirnips will be spring ploughed and pressed and drill straight into it ,and going to try opposite of what you doing , plough it next week ,put subsoiler through it ,and sow some oats and raddish with rape seeder on back at 45 cm rows ,then drill beet between rows of cover , with mulch drill after spraying off in feb ,

After this spring I was keen to try and come up with a way of strip tilling some beet. But given the damage virus yellows have done this year, I'm not sure we're confident enough in the future of the crop to invest in any machinery for it?!
 

Devon James

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Location
Devon
Jumping in here on a slightly different topic. Cover crop pre maize- I would like to have a legume or two, probably beans and vetch. And oats? This is following spring barley so expecting a few volunteers from heads on the ground.
How many kilos would be necessary to do a job? 30kgs/acre of beans plus 10 of vetch and 20 of oats? I would like to put linseed in but haven't got any.
Aim to plant asap
 

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