Drilling now

Discussion in 'Cropping' started by Deere 6430, Jan 1, 2019.

  1. Deere 6430

    Deere 6430 Member

    Has anyone direct drilled anything at this time of the year? Got two bits of ground that are dry enough, or will be in two days definitely, and wondered if anyone has ever put winter wheat in now direct?

    I’m keen on an experiment with it so mild.
  2. Wombat

    Wombat Member

    East yorks
    I hope to put some in in another week or so when a bit has dried out, won't be direct drilled but it's been done before after fodder beet and been fine.
  3. all_arable

    all_arable Member

    Ideal time of year if you are using a Triton!
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  4. Wombat

    Wombat Member

    East yorks
    I'm not does that mean I cannot drill it
  5. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    Conditions are more important than calendar date. I suggest 450-500 seeds/m2 as it will be slow to grow and the rooks will pull some up.
  6. Fromebridge

    Fromebridge Member

    Was reasonably successful in 2013 when most had to do it, a cool spring followed but if we get a spring like last year the crop will suffer.
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  7. Hereward

    Hereward Member

    Most DD say go early in the autumn or late in the spring, so this might suggest it may struggle, but perhaps the weather will play ball. I would think with a very high seedrate you'd have enough germinate, survive and grow to warrant combining.
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  8. robbie

    robbie Member

    the brecks norfolk
    Not dd I know but I intend to drill up all the beet land we've lifted, asap.

    My thoughts are that all the pits and ditches are still dry and land drains still aren't running, law of averages says we've got a lot of rain to have at some point and sods law says it'll be right when we want to get on in March.

    Conditions are ace and may not be this good at all later in the spring.
  9. shakerator

    shakerator Member

    I would not no till now
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  10. I ploughed 10 acres that was rape and turnip the sheep had finished today. It ploughed up really good and just crumbled apart. Hoping to combi-drill it with winter oats in the next few days as I have the seed in the shed. It was always my intention to drill with winter oats which can be succesfully planted until mid-March but conditions are so good at the moment.As you say conditions are more important than calendar but I think I will need to get the gasgun out! I have another 20 acres I was hoping to do the same with in another couple of weeks if it is still okay. It would be nice to get that done before we start lambing as it means no spring oats this year and the millers prefer Mascani to anything else. Last time I drilled winter oats in Jan they yielded well but with shorter straw than Oct drilled oats. I will tell you in August whether it was the right decision! Last year spring oats did not get drilled until late April and were a disaster.
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  11. Flat 10

    Flat 10 Member

    Fen Edge
    My guess is that you would be incredibly reliant on the weather continuing to be mild and dry until the crop had established which will be quite some time at this time of year, but why not try some? You haven't much to lose, except time and the seed cost...........
  12. If bg free and on drought prone land then drill when conditions are very good
  13. What is blackgrass???
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  14. robbie

    robbie Member

    the brecks norfolk
    All worked down today and drill on tonight ready to drill tomorrow.
  15. ajd132

    ajd132 Member

    Im fairly convinced delaying drilling for blackgrass in the spring is completely pointless. Get the crop thick and away.
  16. sclb

    sclb Member

    Tunbridge Wells
  17. 2013 a cool spring, I do love British understatement.
  18. Not in my experience
    March planted spring crops always have bg since fusillade failed in 1991
    Avadex treated spring barley planted in April is often bg free
    Spring beans later planted with glyphosate 2 weeks or later after drilling
    Can give bg a head ache
    Bg struggles with low n crops
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  19. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    I've seen blackgrass in maize. Late drilling is no guarantee but helps if you make the most of opportunities to get stale seedbeds.
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  20. Retraceh

    Retraceh Member

    Anyone ever planted spring beans this early?

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