Have any of the religious direct drillers been ploughing or tilling this time?

4course

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Location
north yorks
think you may have phrased the question the wrong way round. if you d asked have any of the religous ploughers managed to get sown up. I could have happily posted . YES within 2% of target though last sundays rainfall isnt helping
 
All my no till was no tilled. All is fine apart from one or two tight headlands and where my dad (wrongly) decided to double roll because he was bored :X3:

Where I rented some land out for spuds (broke my heart/ never again - spud rental would have to be a minimum of £500 acre in the future) I have a crop but a very crappy mess of a crop. It will need further cultivation next year to get it how I want and back structured again.

Cultivation begets Cultivation. Soil structure is everything with no till - you can't get a soil structure until you stop tillage.
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
No, but I gave up trying to sow anything by any method after the deluge started in October. All my 'cultivating' neighbours that hadn't drilled up by that date, haven't touched anything either.

I may have to cultivate one field that ended up being left in (sprayed off ready to DD:() stubble, as the d*ckheads from the shoot decided it was OK to track backwards and forwards over it all winter instead of using the track round the outside that ha always been left for them, despite me telling them. 'Self-keepered' shoot that have no vehicle access rights, and who may be getting a large bill for their efforts yet.:mad:
 
I cultivated 5 acres last week and got a friend with a combi in to drill. It is the only wheat I have in and only did it so that I will have some new seed to plant next year. It felt wrong as it was in its 5th year of no till but the top would just not dry enough for my SimTech to drill. Start again next year.
 

Northdowns Martin

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Arable Farmer
Location
Snodland kent
If seeking forgiveness then you are obviously the man JC! The only area (50ac) which didn't get No-tilled was where 40 recreational ploughmen descended upon us one weekend in September to find out who was the best among them! Managed to drill half of it last Friday with wheat, the rest will go into Peas.
 

Fish

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Location
North yorkshire
think you may have phrased the question the wrong way round. if you d asked have any of the religous ploughers managed to get sown up. I could have happily posted . YES within 2% of target though last sundays rainfall isnt helping

Hold on a Cotten pick'in feck'in minuet, what's a religious ploughman do'in down here among the unbelievers, or are you secretly wishing to be converted.
 

JCfarmer

Member
Location
warks
If seeking forgiveness then you are obviously the man JC! The only area (50ac) which didn't get No-tilled was where 40 recreational ploughmen descended upon us one weekend in September to find out who was the best among them! Managed to drill half of it last Friday with wheat, the rest will go into Peas.
Jesus Christ a farmer, (y)my old man used to call me him often enough.;)
 
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DrWazzock

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Yes I have been direct drilling winter wheat on untouched rape stubbles today with the unidrill on lighter soils. In sticky patches it looks a bit slotty so I am not venturing onto the proper heavy stuff. At the moment the direct drill on undisturbed stubbles is the only establishment method that will work at all. Cultivated land mintill where the rape failed is sloppy. Ploughing would end with a sandstorm in March or rock hard horses heads or lumps of plasticine. Utterly shite year for crop establishment so far. Let’s hope it picks up.
 

britt

Member
BASE UK Member
I've not drilled any wheat or done any ploughing.
A few around here have been ploughing, the lighter land has been sown but plenty of it seemed to plough up ok but was too wet for the drill and then just got waterlogged in the next rain and is worse than if it had just been left.
Much of what was drilled has failed or is very thin and the ground is in a poor state, so I don't feel that I've missed out by doing nothing.
I've bought some spring wheat seed now, and now won't be tempted to rush it in. Not that the forecast gives any hope in the next 10 days.
 

JCfarmer

Member
Location
warks
My best looking wheat this year is after the plough, that includes some ploughed after spuds. It has been combied in. Not used the Claydon for fear of a slot filled with water. Some was drilled with our tine drill after low disturbance subsoiler and carrier in late October, one field I have redrilled when it had dried out somewhat last friday. This is on light sandy soil mostly.
'I will use what ever means necessary to try and successfully drill my winter wheat so help me God.'(y)
 

ih1455xl

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
northampton
Sold My plough and power Harrow combi a few years ago now all drilled up direct with the gd wouldn't be drilled if it was ploughed last block was drilled in to failed rape on the 20th Jan
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...
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