Grass reseed - roll after heavy rain?

crashbox

Member
Livestock Farmer
Hi TFF,

Just put in 30 acres of grass, power harrow / seed box combination, scratched in by tines on the rear. Herbal ley, with grass, plantain, clovers. Straight into maize stubble, so clean seed bed.

Normally I would ring roll twice immediately after, but heavy rain has stopped play.

It'll be touch and go whether I'll be able to roll before chitting, ground quite wet. So will the rain be enough for germination?

TIA

CB
 

Boysground

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
I rolled some last year when the soil was too wet. Where the roller went it was fine, definitely less crop in the spring where the tractor wheels went. It’s difficult to see the difference now.
Italian rye grass on chalk. If it happens again I’d probably go for spring rolling just to get the flints away from the mower and forager

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milkloss

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
East Sussex
Heavy rain? Leave it and see what grows. We had a field with a moderate slope on it and all the seed washed to one end so needed doing again anyway.
 

Bury the Trash

Member
Mixed Farmer
Hi TFF,

Just put in 30 acres of grass, power harrow / seed box combination, scratched in by tines on the rear. Herbal ley, with grass, plantain, clovers. Straight into maize stubble, so clean seed bed.

Normally I would ring roll twice immediately after, but heavy rain has stopped play.

It'll be touch and go whether I'll be able to roll before chitting, ground quite wet. So will the rain be enough for germination?

TIA

CB
yes, leave it alone now.
 

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