Grass growth (lack of)

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Ceredigion
Its early for us here. Grass never really gets going till early may. My reseed dont look happy mind , if we do get rain its warmed up a lot and grass will jump. But we live on iffs im afraid
Funny i was taking to a mate yesterday , things arnt the same anymore, when we had that 76 drought . The worst i can remember , 100 cows was a big herd so we even though we had to buy in it was not a lot and farms always seemed to have a carry over, now farms are stocked to the limit, most anyhow, and a 1000 cow herd and more is common place .
Hope you get rain soon
 
I’ve put a few tonnes of fert on a fortnight ago and gave up. Only did 80 acre. It’s still lying about most of it. Not rained since not surprising though if you go by the law of averages. I’ve been told you loose some of the nitrogen when this happens
 
Spring crops would make use of rain as there hasn't been any in over a month, but I'm guessing they'll be ok.
Winter crops are looking great.

Grass is slow but it's keeping up, swards on shallow soil is starting to change colour a bit, but hey ho.
We have plenty of silage left, so not really a worry.

We just have to farm around the conditions.
I'm not prone to getting to bothered about things I can do nothing about.

Ps. It's supposed to rain next week, cue the when is it ever going to stop raining threads :rolleyes:
 
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Nithsdale Farmer

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Livestock Farmer
The grass has rocketed here since the Easterly winds fecked off on Wednesday... 3 weeks of ice blast stalled everything quite badly and the hardest knowes are burning off.

A wee bit of drizzle would do wonders but it was just heat that was needed.
 

Dextersg

Member
Apart from the silage fields or fields not grazed by stock I’ve never known grass growth as slow as
Apart from the silage fields or fields not grazed by stock I’ve never known grass growth as slow as this spring
We put in 105 acres in last autumn and it was underwater all winter and within 3 weeks the grounds full of cracks. Hopefully we should be due for some proper growing weather
 
Location
Cleveland
Cows are pretty much all out here, still feeding silage but there's no way I'd keep them in when the ground is dry, grass or not!!
I’ve turned my store cattle out but I’ve had sheep on the cow fields...it’s like bell metal but I wouldn’t turn the cows out otherwise it’ll never grow...if it got a drink it would rocket
 

Claas joins the autonomous tractor club

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Written by Justin Roberts

Claas has taken a minority shareholding in the Dutch autonomous tractor startup company, AgXeed B.V.

The new company has developed a tractor designed to be autonomous from the ground up, rather than try to adapt existing machines, or create smaller robots dedicated to a limited range of tasks.

AgXeed’s pilot machine is a diesel hybrid powered unit on tracks which uses a suite of software which, the company claims, is easily scalable.

Like many small technology start-ups seeking to gain a foothold in the machinery market, the company also points to the product as being part of a larger system rather than just another way of performing standard tasks

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