Or graze it down with sheep. We have had some good results using hoggets on the wheat in the spring. Counterintuitive, but they firm it nicely and eat off diseased winter growth. Open the canopy and let the air and sunlight through it.You can do amazing things to a thin but even crop of wheat with a set of rolls and a hefty late dose of an.
If I had a mightier ballbag, maybe even some kind of einbock Harrow.
I think a lot depends on what soil the crop is on. Thin soil wants a thin crop early spring and yield is more likely to come from decent bushel weights, I think better bodied land can support higher tiller numbers and grains /m2 with more average bushel weight, but higher overall yield.Good yields of cereals here have always come from crops that looked so thin as to be a near write off in the early spring.
On the right soils, with the right weather more often than not - yes. Otherwise probably not.Does biomass translate into yield?
In the right conditions- yes. In the wrong conditions- no!And does keeping the crop greener for longer/ later give increased yield?
Or graze it down with sheep. We have had some good results using hoggets on the wheat in the spring. Counterintuitive, but they firm it nicely and eat off diseased winter growth. Open the canopy and let the air and sunlight through it.
I've been doing variable rate pgr and fungicide for a while now.Just wondering about this
Say for example I had a cereal crop that would yield 2ton of grain and 1 ton of straw per acre
Would it require half the fungicide compared to a 4ton crop and 2ton of straw?
Reason I asked is I had 6 fields of spring barley here all sowed same day all had same treatment
Some yielded just over 2t and 6 bales and was as clean as a whistle combining, no dust and only a few awns floating about
Another yielded 3t and 9bales and had a fair bit of dust like it needed a higher rate of fungicide
Got me thinking that more biomass needed more systemic fungicides
I suspect we are all making rods for our own backs, in a low bushel weight year, the nicest sample in the field is often the hedgeback swath, that has had half rate N.
Back in the 80s when my Gramp held the cheque book in a vice-like grip, we were doing 3 ton/ac wheat behind spuds, with 1.5cwt seed, 3cwt/ac Nitram, a squit of Brittox and a grudging dose of Tilt Turbo. You could chase a mouse through the crop in May and to modern eyes it looked starved.
I'm beginning to think we haven't moved on much.
Grow a lush crop, then struggle to keep it clean because of the in crop micro climate all summer, then in a year like this you have spent all the money, and there hasn't been the grainfill to make the required crop.