Drilling now

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

  1. If you drill now then up the seed rate and watch for birds and slugs. It may be very very slow to emerge.

    Spring beans, cripes, I don't know about that. The birds would scoff the lot by March surely?
     
  2. ajd132

    ajd132 Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    Problem is on the hanslope clay generally if you are drilling into April/may you end up with terrible crops. I'd take abit of BG to know Im going to be hitting good yields. The difference this year between mid march and mid-end April was 2t/ha on spring barley.
     
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  3. Flat 10

    Flat 10 Member

    Location:
    Fen Edge
    Ploughing after beet today on some tricky ground and it would combi drill a treat straight behind
     
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  4. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    Location:
    Dorset
    Spring beans don't like hard frosts, though should be safe enough pre emergence. My volunteer spring beans in the following wheat crop have mostly been frosted off before Christmas.
     
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  5. shakerator

    shakerator Member

    Location:
    LINCS
    Definitely less bg in may planted crops than April last year. Usually it’s march and April for normal and late seeding dates though
     
  6. Landrover

    Landrover Member

    What are people's views on this, got a field after fodder beet that would sow now with belepi wheat, should I ? Light ground Scottish borders, I've got plenty of seed so could put it in thick my only worry is that the crows would get it and would be slow to emerge if I turns cold ! Anyone any thoughts on this ?
     
  7. Flintstone

    Flintstone Member

    Location:
    Berkshire
    I’m going to bang 170 acres of Belepi in this weekend.

    Why?

    1. It’s dry enough.
    2. Spring barley buyers are getting too fussy and I don’t trust the labs any more.
    3. I think wheat will hit £175
    4. My better half is having a baby in March.
    5. Last year my March workload was almost unbearable.

    I don’t agree with the attitude of avoiding zero till between Oct and April.

    The Claydon (a system I love) moves just enough soil so that I can leave it for a few days before rolling it, thereby creating a nice crumble in front of the rolls.

    The 740A “slit-slot-slappers” as I call them will struggle though.

    Pics to follow....
     
  8. Flat 10

    Flat 10 Member

    Location:
    Fen Edge
    A man of action. (y)
    FWIW if i had spring wheat I would be drilling it. Happy to leave the barley for now.
     
  9. Landrover

    Landrover Member

    Agronomist says we should sow it, I worry the crows would get it ! Might hitch the topdown on tomorrow !
     
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  10. I have had lower yields from mid march than mid april planted spring crops

    this is usually because of a dry march followed by a very cold wet april

    april 2013 was a good year for spring crops Ragdale out did hanslope fields which is not normally the case as Ragdale is a more difficult soil
    march 2012 a bad year

    if it is dry from feb to may the heavier the land the better and the less soil moved the better
     
  11. ajd132

    ajd132 Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    I've established cover crops with a light cultivation and killed them in November. This means I can drill into tilth in march and I am massively lowering the risk of cover crops, no till and April/may drilling on clients farms. I just can't take the risk.
     
  12. Against_the_grain

    Location:
    Colchester
    Hoping to put some skyfall ww in behind beet tomorrow. Some wet patches but 95% of the field will go. Will then be switching straight to sw mulika. Conditions are good. If it turns cold and wet won't be ideal but if stays dryish and warmish should be ok. Hate drilling spring crops late and then waiting for moisture.
     
  13. But its mid january!
     
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  14. ajd132

    ajd132 Member

    Location:
    Suffolk
    I'm not drilling yet! Aim to be drilled end of march!
     
  15. Flintstone

    Flintstone Member

    Location:
    Berkshire
    Got 105 acres of Belepi in, and it went in really well. Plannning to roll on Sunday. I think I’ll get caught up with rolling and then decide in the last 60 acres depending on weather.
     
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  16. Iben

    Iben Member

    Location:
    Fife
    Got the last 40 ac of wheat in yesterday and today. Very good conditions for the time of year. Looks unusually mild for next ten days which should help. But winter has to come at some point.
     
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  17. Sandy

    Sandy Member

    Location:
    Aberdeenshire
    How’s the new drill going?
     
  18. Matt77

    Matt77 Member

    Location:
    East Sussex
    Very small block of spring oats I want to put in to over winter ploughing, never done oats before so learning on the move, too early or no reason why not?? If it doesn’t rain conditions are there now but it might be wet by time I get around to it. TIA
     
  19. Iben

    Iben Member

    Location:
    Fife
    Going ok thanks. Usual teething issues, but mostly sorted now. The horsch would have been the better machine to use today, could have gone faster. Although the lemken does leave a more level finish.
     
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  20. Iben

    Iben Member

    Location:
    Fife
    There are a few folk around here now sowing spring oats in the autumn. Did hear of a farm locally that sowed them first week of September and they are now at gs31!
     
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2019
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