establishing cover crops.

Boomerang

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Thinking about sowing some oats, and in another field phacelia, got this mad idea of rigging up a small hopper on powerharrow with some pipes to drop seeds down before packer only 3m wide shouldn't need too many outlets.
Would this work ? Wouldn't be any depth control but seed should be shallow and covered. Would be on ploughed land in spring and into tightly flailed stubble.
Once over job done . Or is it a non starter?
 

steveR

Member
Mixed Farmer
Thinking about sowing some oats, and in another field phacelia, got this mad idea of rigging up a small hopper on powerharrow with some pipes to drop seeds down before packer only 3m wide shouldn't need too many outlets.
Would this work ? Wouldn't be any depth control but seed should be shallow and covered. Would be on ploughed land in spring and into tightly flailed stubble.
Once over job done . Or is it a non starter?

Should be fine, but maybe "broadcast" with a spreader on the pipes?
 
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robbie

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BASIS
I have an old horstine applicator fitted into my terradisc I have 8 outlets for 3.8m. I made some spreading plates to go on the end of the pipes which are mounted between the discs and crumbled roller.

I drill radish, mustard, rape, turnips, phacelia and utopia. They all come up just fine, the crumbler presses the seed in and covers it with a fine tilth.
 

Boomerang

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I have an old horstine applicator fitted into my terradisc I have 8 outlets for 3.8m. I made some spreading plates to go on the end of the pipes which are mounted between the discs and crumbled roller.

I drill radish, mustard, rape, turnips, phacelia and utopia. They all come up just fine, the crumbler presses the seed in and covers it with a fine tilth.
Sounds promising, what soil type, ? Do you roll it in ? Or is crumbler enough.
Assume you're on kind land?
I'm on mostly grade one silt with the odd stronger patches.
 

robbie

Member
BASIS
Sounds promising, what soil type, ? Do you roll it in ? Or is crumbler enough.
Assume you're on kind land?
I'm on mostly grade one silt with the odd stronger patches.
Crumbler is usually enough but we sowed some rape the other week and did roll that in but mainly to help combat CSFB.

We are in kind land.

I have got a set of drill following harrows to go in the back after the crumbler but I've never felt the need for them
 

Boomerang

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Crumbler is usually enough but we sowed some rape the other week and did roll that in but mainly to help combat CSFB.

We are in kind land.

I have got a set of drill following harrows to go in the back after the crumbler but I've never felt the need for them
Sounds like a good system worth a try on the power harrow. Thanks for your advice .đź‘Ť
 

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning 100,000ha launched

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

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Five nature-recovery projects spanning nearly 100,000ha across the West Midlands, Cambridgeshire, the Peak District, Norfolk and Somerset have been announced by the government and Natural England today (Thursday, May 26).

This is the equivalent in size to all 219 current National Reserves.

The aim of the projects is to deliver nature recovery at a landscape scale, helping to tackle biodiversity loss, climate change and improve public health and well-being.

All five projects will make a significant contribution towards the national delivery of the international commitment to protect at least 30% of land and...
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