Do oats do much in a cover crop mix?


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Chipping Norton
Yes, expect so. More likely than peas.
Still some ground to plant after spring barley and would like to put beans in there as per my previous post. If any opinions on seed rates?
I think your mix of "30kgs/acre of beans plus 10 of vetch and 20 of oats" sounds fine too me without knowing the soil etc. Should be quite cheap too if you have the beans and the oats in the shed.


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I put in black oats in my mix and reckon they are worthwhile. They grow to twice the size of normal oats or rye volunteers and are the first thing the cattle eat. Expensive though!

Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.

This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.

What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.

Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...