Grass seed shortage.

Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by Clever Dic, Jul 14, 2018.

  1. Clever Dic

    Clever Dic Member

    Location:
    Melton
    I have been told twice now to get my requirements in early as seed will be very tight. A Combination of demand for reseeding after a dry summer and coupled with a terrible grass seed crops in europe mainly due to the Scandanavian drought.
    Any one else heard this .?
     
  2. tinsheet

    tinsheet Member

    Location:
    west somerset
    Talking up the price?:whistle:.
     
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  3. Northeastfarmer

    Location:
    Cleveland
    Let me guess.....the seed merchant told you this....
     
  4. Happy

    Happy Member

    Location:
    Scotland
    No one seems to be panicking here yet. Got delivery of HF grass seed yesterday to sow after vining peas and has the same batch number as the stuff I got from them in March.

    Probably will be a bit shorter than usual so the one thing for sure is that it wont get cheaper than it is now.
     
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  5. Kevtherev

    Kevtherev Member

    Location:
    Welshpool Powys
    Not heard nothing
    Probably scaremongering by some salesmen
     
  6. Boohoo

    Boohoo Member

    Location:
    Newtownabbey
    No mention of a shortage when I made enquiries a few weeks ago. Just the usual warning that if I want something different to order it in plenty of time, but I already knew that.
     
  7. Great In Grass

    Location:
    Cornwall.
    Italian & Hybrid Ryegrasses have been short since the beginning of the year hence their rise in price

    Grass mixtures out of their catalogue from the big seed houses should be ok through to the end of the season as they would of done their sums last winter & made sure there is sufficient seed.

    I've been finding with some special mixes I can't always get a certain variety in a mix as it's all gone.

    Straights seem to be ok at the moment.

    Organic for special mixes, a nightmare.

    Price is never talked up to my mind, seed production & wheat prices are the biggest influences.
     
  8. funny farm

    funny farm New Member

    Location:
    south wales
    Anyone on here done any of their own Italian seed, got a few fields of last years reseeds that have gone to head after first cut in may and look right for combining for seed
     
  9. Forage Trader

    Forage Trader Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    Cheapest reseed is pure Timothy and by gum it crops .
     
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  10. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    Good cheap blackgrass cover crop seeds about !
     
  11. hally

    hally Member

    Location:
    cumbria
    Me neither but has been a very busy year so far, mainly due to the sh*te that was last year.
     
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  12. nick...

    nick... Member

    Location:
    south norfolk
    I should have bagged up the seed of my flail mower after cutting my margins
    Nick...
     
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  13. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    Best seed ever thus year would have thought?
     
  14. Great In Grass

    Location:
    Cornwall.
    You would have thought but the dry weather will have a marked effect on yield particulary later heading Perennials.
     
  15. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    Always something.
     
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  16. JD-Kid

    JD-Kid Member

    had the same thing here in dry years poor harvests prices rise due to poor seasons
    last year cocksfoots were sold out. early in the season. due to poor harvest year before
     
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  17. Great In Grass

    Location:
    Cornwall.
    This could well be the third successive year for poor yields in the UK and Europe the poor exchange rate with the dollar will restrict importing from North America too I'd of thought.
     
  18. Forage Trader

    Forage Trader Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    Price nearly doubled in tbe recent past so i think there is plenty of slack in tbe system to soak it up .like most things shortage pushes price up and it never drops back again
     
  19. Boohoo

    Boohoo Member

    Location:
    Newtownabbey
    Cheap and a big crop, but how easily dried is it and is it just a crop of sticks if it grows too long?
     
  20. Forage Trader

    Forage Trader Member

    Location:
    Ceredigion
    It dries a day sooner than ryegrass . Needs cutting as soon as heads are out for hay
     

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