Fodder Beet drill with narrow/wide spacing

Jim75

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Easter ross
Are there any precision drills that can go as narrow as 375mm or as wide as 750mm? Crop is grazed in situ or lifted with a beet bucket so doesn’t need to fit for a lifter. Thanks
 
Are there any precision drills that can go as narrow as 375mm or as wide as 750mm? Crop is grazed in situ or lifted with a beet bucket so doesn’t need to fit for a lifter. Thanks
If I was grazing a crop I would sow it with a air drill and probably keep a foot wide every run for somewhere to put the fence
 

robbie

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BASIS
Most precision drills can be set to what you like, 375mm might be a bit tight for some but they do it with them to drill onions/carrots/parsnips where you'll have 4 rows on a 72inch bed.
 

Gav

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Location
Dereham, Norfolk
Sfoggia make 6 and 8 row precision drills that are telescopically adjustable between row widths of 450mm to 750mm, can’t quite get down to the 375mm you require though, not for quick adjustment anyway.
 

Jim75

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Easter ross
If I was grazing a crop I would sow it with a air drill and probably keep a foot wide every run for somewhere to put the fence

going to try a few runs with a vaderstadt spirit. We get a contractor with a tempo but can’t go that narrow and a big job to widen apparently. Just looking to fill the rows a bit better and maximise the potential of the crop.
 
going to try a few runs with a vaderstadt spirit. We get a contractor with a tempo but can’t go that narrow and a big job to widen apparently. Just looking to fill the rows a bit better and maximise the potential of the crop.
Just drill it as normal then with the caddy
Calibrate 1 pack to the acre and drill away
Sow it on normal corn spacings
 

Al R

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Livestock Farmer
Location
West Wales
I wouldn’t go on normal cereal spacing unless you just want leaves. A good beet plant needs circa 16cm between each plant on 18-20” row spacing so that the beet bulb reaches its best growth potential. You might get away with a 16” row spacing but you would then need more gap down the length of the row. I’m pretty sure there are some new Tempo’s that will do it hydraulically.
Ever studied short ground where beet rows have overlapped, their coke can size as they dont have enough lebensraum to reach their potential like their other counterparts.
 

Jim75

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Easter ross
I wouldn’t go on normal cereal spacing unless you just want leaves. A good beet plant needs circa 16cm between each plant on 18-20” row spacing so that the beet bulb reaches its best growth potential. You might get away with a 16” row spacing but you would then need more gap down the length of the row. I’m pretty sure there are some new Tempo’s that will do it hydraulically.
Ever studied short ground where beet rows have overlapped, their coke can size as they dont have enough lebensraum to reach their potential like their other counterparts.
listening to Jim Gibbs when he was over we’re currently on 90000 seeds on 22” I think it is and maxed out potential wise whereas if we can get narrower go to 120000 seeds + that’s the optimum apparently
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
If I was grazing a crop I would sow it with a air drill and probably keep a foot wide every run for somewhere to put the fence
I have mine drilled by a contractor with an aged precision drill. For a couple of years I had a box left empty, so there was a gap every 3m to put the fence in.

Unfortunately that meant there was bare ground that enabled the odd weed to get established, which were more of a pita than if I had had beet growing there, increasing yield.

I don’t do it any more.
 
I wouldn’t go on normal cereal spacing unless you just want leaves. A good beet plant needs circa 16cm between each plant on 18-20” row spacing so that the beet bulb reaches its best growth potential. You might get away with a 16” row spacing but you would then need more gap down the length of the row. I’m pretty sure there are some new Tempo’s that will do it hydraulically.
Ever studied short ground where beet rows have overlapped, their coke can size as they dont have enough lebensraum to reach their potential like their other counterparts.
I've grown maize on cereal spacings and had 1 of the best crops we ever had
I tried the blocking of coulters to make rows but the seed bunched
I just drilled it at 5 inch,very little bunching
I dont see the point in drilling ever 8 inch in a 20 inch row
I only precision drill to suit the lifter🤷‍♂️
More spatial arrangement cant be bad
 

Hobbit

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Arable Farmer
Location
South West
The Accord optima V drill will go from 45cm to 80cm in 5cm steps.
We have drilled beet at 55cm by mistake. The contractor turned up to lift it with a 6row harvester and gave up. I ended up buying an old single row standen:banghead:
The beet grew very well!!
 

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

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Written by Brian McDonnell

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300 – 1,500kg DM/ha, and grazing down to a residual of 4cm every rotation.

If you are now in a situation where cows are not cleaning out paddocks as well as they should be, leading to the development of steamy grass within the sward, here are some options.

Common options for rejuvenating swards include:

  1. Take a silage cut, probably into bales, remove the material and start again with the aftermath...
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