Frosty april

DrWazzock

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Location
Lincolnshire
Not a surprise this has been the frostest April on record, around the 18th it was like Xmas morning around here, no wonder there is no grass.
It nearly killed my spring barley but it’s coming back now. Everything is stuck with minuscule growth rates then it gets knocked back. My beet is moving through leaf development stages but they are tiny, like bonsai plants.
It’s getting a bit worrying. We get nearer and nearer to harvest but nothing really is moving.
 

Wombat

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Location
East yorks
It nearly killed my spring barley but it’s coming back now. Everything is stuck with minuscule growth rates then it gets knocked back. My beet is moving through leaf development stages but they are tiny, like bonsai plants.
It’s getting a bit worrying. We get nearer and nearer to harvest but nothing really is moving.
What’s more worrying Is we get closer to harvest and half of it hasn’t germinated 🤣🤦‍♂️
 

jondear

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Location
Devon
The monks used to grow grapes on terraces up this valley back inthe day , you would struggle to grow em in a green house without a big heater now , climate change is not new 😂
Farmhouse used to have a peach tree growing in South facing wall back in Grandparents day 100 years ago.
 

beardface

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Mixed Farmer
Location
East Yorkshire
Always remember a teacher at school telling us how prior to the industrial revolution, we were heading into an ice age. Growing food in a damp hot climate would be a doddle compared to trying to grow food in permafrost.
 
Could it possibly be due to the lower Sun activity forecasts that nearly got the Durham Maths professor crucified for being a denier when she was quoting facts. Sun activity peaked in the 70's/80's (remember thousands sleeping in Regents park) and forecast low 2030's. Lag time will mean ice skating under Tower bridge in 2040??? Last year for us was sunny and warm (not hot like the south) April /May then started raining in June. Apparently 16% less sunshine last year than normal. Not sure whether that was measured as total hours or intensity.
 
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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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