Late season cover crop after spring barley/wheat

Wombat

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Mixed Farmer
Location
East yorks
Our wheat and spring barley won’t be harvested till about last week of august/ first week of sept. Last year I tried a vetch, oats cover crop end of the first week of sept after wheat and it just never worked, slugs and things getting colder meant it was an expensive failure.

I know I could spread something into the barley my concern is if it goes wet it could be a nightmare to combine.

what would be good and not crazy expensive for that sort of time frame of drilling, I was thinking of maybe forage rape or something as it will be spring barley again the following spring
 

fred.950

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Dorset/Wiltshire
Linseed and phacilia is favourite here, doesn’t interfere with future rotation and doesn’t get too thick which is good for spring drilling.
I prefer growth underground rather than above.
 

Bogweevil

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Our wheat and spring barley won’t be harvested till about last week of august/ first week of sept. Last year I tried a vetch, oats cover crop end of the first week of sept after wheat and it just never worked, slugs and things getting colder meant it was an expensive failure.

I know I could spread something into the barley my concern is if it goes wet it could be a nightmare to combine.

what would be good and not crazy expensive for that sort of time frame of drilling, I was thinking of maybe forage rape or something as it will be spring barley again the following spring

Forage rye or black oats? The latter is killed out by December frost in most winters which is handy. Even so they absolutely must be sown before mid-September for any decent growth.

Italian ryegrass is better but of course can be a nasty herbicide-resistant weed on arable farms with no leys to suppress it, even if you plough before spring sowing.
 

Humble Village Farmer

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NFFN Member
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Cb97ej
In my opinion you are largely wasting your time and money if these type of crops aren’t drilled by mid August , unless you are down south or we have a very kind autumn .
This is certainly true for stubble turnips etc .
I would agree the earlier the better but you will still get a benefit from having roots in the ground. The later you go th bigger the seed needs to be. Spring beans grow well in the autumn. It depends slightly on the following cropping plan.
 

Wombat

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Mixed Farmer
Location
East yorks
Thanks for the ideas, I just cannot guarantee we can get the corn off any earlier than the august bank holiday. So was thinking of some idea for a cover
 

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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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