Grass reseed

biggles

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Location
derbyshire
At home I reseed about 5-10acres a year, currently plough with 2 furrow conventional plough then work down with seed harrows, this is due to most fields being less than 5 acres and being undulating and triangular, it can be very time consuming and I’ll like to speed the job up to do more, I’m fancying using a set of trailed discs straight into turf, this will follow better and hopefully level things a bit over time. I’ll then use the grass box and roll as per usual. What’s peoples thoughts on this and what sort of cheap discs would people recommend as there seems to be various strength outfits about. Cheers
 

crashbox

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Livestock Farmer
Not a direct answer but could try a contractor's tool for a year, to see if that works any better.
Also look up Dynadrive, will do nothing for compaction but can create a good tilth on the top to sow onto, assuming you have sprayed off the old sward well in advance.
 
Location
Ceredigion
At home I reseed about 5-10acres a year, currently plough with 2 furrow conventional plough then work down with seed harrows, this is due to most fields being less than 5 acres and being undulating and triangular, it can be very time consuming and I’ll like to speed the job up to do more, I’m fancying using a set of trailed discs straight into turf, this will follow better and hopefully level things a bit over time. I’ll then use the grass box and roll as per usual. What’s peoples thoughts on this and what sort of cheap discs would people recommend as there seems to be various strength outfits about. Cheers
You have said nothing about compaction so assume you don't have any , main thing with grass seed is to get soil contact , a fine firm seedbed. A power harrow works well after a disc then roll it well
 

Sheep

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Location
Northern Ireland
I'm also in the same situation, I'm looking for tilth on the top 2-3 inches but reluctant to plough it as I feel it just isn't needed. We currently have a set of discs but its taking far too much work to get it worked to a reasonable level. Perhaps tines would work better but I'm not sure there are any that would work without blocking on a grass field?
 

puppet

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Livestock Farmer
Location
sw scotland
You will need some serious discs to chop up the sward which will not be cheap and 2 passes so a contractor may be cheaper and you can then tidy up for seeding.
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That took 3 passes with big discs before the harrows to get an even surface
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
Discs are fast and cheap to run, so several passes are a good, cheap way to make a fine seedbed.

I drilled grass seed in several fields on Saturday (as many others did I suspect) which I had worked down with several passes with a Shortdisc. A couple of the fields were only 2ac, so each pass was less than 30 minutes with my 4m Shortdisc. 3 passes and it was almost dust.

Be aware though, that those discs will move a good bit of soil about if working more than 2” deep. That’s great for levelling low spots, etc, but it will also move soil out of field corners, more noticeably in small fields.
 
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biggles

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Location
derbyshire
Yes we always spray off, it’s just for the smaller fields, have 5furrow plough and power Harrow but the fields don’t suit a large plough, have used the bomford chisel plough and then power Harrow before but still think it’s to deep an operation for what I need, hence thinking of discing just the top few inches
 

milkloss

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Livestock Farmer
Location
East Sussex
Jumping in seeing as we have the seeding men on board!

I have some over seeded grass and some winter sheep fodder sprayed off and combi drilled ground. Just got and inch, inch and a half of shoots showing albeit a bit sporadic. All ground has had approx 10t acre of fym and was wondering when and how much I should perk them up with bagged nitrogen?

Advice appreciated.
 
Location
Ceredigion
How have people got on with just going straight in with a powerharrow running shallow?
Its all to do with how much thatch on top .
I've just been to a field that I sprayed 3 weeks ago , given it my best shot with a tine harrow. But its just no use so ploughs going in . My own fault. Should have taken a cut from it first to clear it out
 
Jumping in seeing as we have the seeding men on board!

I have some over seeded grass and some winter sheep fodder sprayed off and combi drilled ground. Just got and inch, inch and a half of shoots showing albeit a bit sporadic. All ground has had approx 10t acre of fym and was wondering when and how much I should perk them up with bagged nitrogen?

Advice appreciated.
id hazard a guess that you'd be pushing the wee ones too hard to put o leaf - when you want them putting down roots first.
 

Could a ‘Meat Tax’ be on the cards in the UK?

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.

This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.

What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.

Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...
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