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Drilling Spring Barley with a Claydon SR

Discussion in 'Direct Drilling Machinery' started by JCfarmer, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. JCfarmer

    JCfarmer Member

    I have just bought one off a forum member and looking to direct drill some but not all the spring barley with it. We farm some reasonably fertile sandy land away from the farm, it was winter wheat last year and has had some cattle running on the stubble over winter. Going to spray it off and hopefully drill straight into it. How deep should I run the leading leg bearing in mind cattle have been on the stubble, what drill share would you recommend and should I use the press wheels or not bother with them just roll?
    And when to start drilling, not too early with the claydon?
    Thanks in advance, advice and experiences welcome.
  2. Devon James

    Devon James Member

    You will be limited by how much soil is moved by the front tine to how deep you can set it. Don't be tempted to run it too deep. It's a drill not a subsoiler. If compaction is at depth it will be better to sort that with a separate subsoilers pass. If the cattle have poached the ground a little I would go in front of the drill with a shallow cultivation pass to level.

    I would use 5 inch A shares. Less chance of soil throw over the rear set of coulters than with 7 inch, easier to set up

    We used the SR with press wheels in place. Found it made the drill 'sit up' and easier to control the depth.

    A good result in SB from memory was planting very shallow and then knocking the ridges over the seed with a spring tine the next day. Gave lovely tilth and warm soil before rolling

    Biggest c*** up was planting SB too early, probably in 2008 the first spring with the drill. What I learnt from that was the advantage of DD is not loosing moisture through excessive cultivation so can wait for perfect conditions.

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  3. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    The use of a spade will tell you how deep you need to go. I'd avoid the press wheels unless you're kicking up dust and the forecast is dry too. Let it rest for 48 hours after drilling then roll. You can't force drilling too early - I did this last year out of frustration & it cost me 0.5 t/ha for the sake of waiting 2 days. When it's too wet the paddles will bung up anyway.
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