Oil radish

Banana Bar

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BASE UK Member
Location
Bury St Edmunds
Sprayed off our cover crops 4 weeks ago, some of the oil radish had set pods and seed at that point. Out of curiosity I tried to grow some seed taken from a few pods this week.
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Is it going to be an issue in peas and beans? The seed is very well protected from rain in the pod so I doubt it will rot or get eaten by birds.
 

Hindsight

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Location
Lincolnshire
if you leave it on top and do not mix it with soil it will not be an issue

cultivation will make this a problem for generations !
Yep, brassica seed can last for decade after decade. Natural predation of the seeds on soil surface. Whole theory of stale seedbeds somewhat flawed. Encourage germination of a percentage of seeds, but protect a proportion by burying. Does go against the grain though. Hey ho.
 

Clive

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BASE UK Member
Location
Lichfield
Yep, brassica seed can last for decade after decade. Natural predation of the seeds on soil surface. Whole theory of stale seedbeds somewhat flawed. Encourage germination of a percentage of seeds, but protect a proportion by burying. Does go against the grain though. Hey ho.
other than birds eating it a problem on the surface is easy sorted with glyphosate over the next couple of seasons
 
easly controlled in cereals

in beans if there is a few charlocks i find the pollen beetle destroys them before seeding
if there is a lot then bentazone is effective

a layer of straw and cover crop helps reduce brassica seed germination they need enough light to instigat germination
they love cultivated fields
 

Bury the Trash

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Mixed Farmer
Yep, brassica seed can last for decade after decade. Natural predation of the seeds on soil surface. Whole theory of stale seedbeds somewhat flawed. Encourage germination of a percentage of seeds, but protect a proportion by burying. Does go against the grain though. Hey ho.
dont forget they can and do fall down deep into cracks in late summer on heavier ground though, them rascal :sneaky:brassica seeds...
 

7610 super q

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Arable Farmer
Location
Crapweathershire
Wondering about my mustard cover crop. Usually topped and ploughed in by now ( yeah, OK, I know ). I can see pods have set. Looking at ground conditions, and long range forecast won't be able to do much about it till spring. Big problems in years to come ?
 

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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