Have your, strip drilled (Claydon /Mzuri etc), Zero tilled (JD 750A/Horsch Avatar etc) germinated more evenly than ???

MX7

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cotswolds
As above have/are your spring crops germinating more evenly than your neighbours crops planted more conventially? I only ask as an ex farmer, as there seems to be a lot of uneven germination in min till or traditionally ploughed/cultivated,drilled crops. Thankyou.
 

Heathland

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
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Very please with a Claydon drill demo I had a few weeks ago,I know if it had been drilled with the short disc then combi drilled it would have completely dried out.
Drilled on the 7/4/20
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snarling bee

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Arable Farmer
Location
Bedfordshire
My crops have all come up very evenly using a Vaderstad Rapide into last autumn's min tilled seedbeds. Many decide to move the ground again in the spring before drilling and then wonder why they have lost all the moisture.
 

Brisel

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NFFN Member
Location
North Yorkshire
Hard to say. Anyone using any method and equipment to sow seed into moisture at a consistent depth and keep that moisture has done well. Since most of my neighbours are good farmers and soil types aren't what most would describe as really "heavy," there hasn't been a need to get rid of lots of soil moisture.

Since you ask, here's a picture of some oats sown by Claydon in late March direct into a sprayed off cover crop.
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Simon Chiles

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As above have/are your spring crops germinating more evenly than your neighbours crops planted more conventially? I only ask as an ex farmer, as there seems to be a lot of uneven germination in min till or traditionally ploughed/cultivated,drilled crops. Thankyou.

Is this what you want? This is a photo of my neighbours spring Barley. Ploughed, power harrowed then combi drilled. Fortunately it’s had about 30 mm of rain on it in the last week so I’d expect that the rest will germinate and it’ll be ok. However this is the reason I’d never grow a spring crop on this soil under that regime. For me spring cropping on this land is only an option if it’s dd’ed or only very shallow cultivated.
 

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Heathland

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
Hard to say. Anyone using any method and equipment to sow seed into moisture at a consistent depth and keep that moisture has done well. Since most of my neighbours are good farmers and soil types aren't what most would describe as really "heavy," there hasn't been a need to get rid of lots of soil moisture.

Since you ask, here's a picture of some oats sown by Claydon in late March direct into a sprayed off cover crop.
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How much rain have you had now @Brisel had 12mm now, but its just not enough,still got barley sitting in dust on the lowland :banghead:.
Harvest might be interesting if I don't soon get some wet stuff,never thought I'd be saying that after last winter.
 

Brisel

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NFFN Member
Location
North Yorkshire
How much rain have you had now @Brisel had 12mm now, but its just not enough,still got barley sitting in dust on the lowland :banghead:.
Harvest might be interesting if I don't soon get some wet stuff,never thought I'd be saying that after last winter.

63mm in April, most of that last week.

Before you think I live in the land of milk and honey, bear in mind I lose 2-3 weeks of combining during harvest due to rain and a far bigger drying bill than you get! Some of my patch needs rain every 10 days from now until harvest or starts to burn off with drought.
 
All my crops drilled with gd into moisture generally even emergence
those around cultivated into good fine seed beds are also fine

we have had rain on 4 weekends out of the last 6
2 were 4mm rains that helped Fert spread
if it had been dry for 6 weeks we would have been fine this often happens in a dry April spring rain by mid May

we did slow down on the drill to ensure even depth for beans and rolled 80% of all drilling and mole drained 1/3 some pre drilling some post drilling before roll and finished drilling a week earlier than in 2013
 
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Very please with a Claydon drill demo I had a few weeks ago,I know if it had been drilled with the short disc then combi drilled it would have completely dried out.
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That is impressively uniform but that is in warm(er) soil and in spring. In some autumns don't be surprised if it takes a while to come up and looks a bit sore on the eyes for a bit. By spring it soon sorts itself out.

Depending on your dirt of course, I found it really wanted rolling (probably with a roller with boards or little tines) after drilling. Claydon doesn't seem that great in terms of what follows the tines.
 

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