Right then. It's fodder rape time. :(

Nearly

Member
Location
North of York
Ok @Great In Grass after 2 months with no rain on a sand farm it's time to send me some fodder rape seed please.
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Unless anyone else can do me a rain dance?
 

Nearly

Member
Location
North of York
Yes but it will rain at some time. If I have the seed I'm ready.
Going to be a long winter if I haven't anything to feed.
Just ordered a wagon and drag of wheat straw.
Not panicing but I'd rather have it and not need it.
 

Bury the Trash

Member
Mixed Farmer
ERMm.....won't forage rape require rain to grow :scratchhead:
The risk, worth the risk ? ........ as in if it does rain it will give more keep than the grass or rather the ground that was took out ;)
We were going to plant some but I don't think the field would plough now!
Hard it s true but a Bit around here has just been ploughed aftercut for maize, bit of a gamble I guess

And No glypho needed !
 

DrWazzock

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Lincolnshire
I drilled mine back in May before the last big rain event( a whopping 8mm) then had no rain since. It’s fed the beetles buts that’s all it will feed, apart from one block which has no beetles but it smothered by cranesbill. ?
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
I'm not seeing so much flea beetle pressure this year as last tbh. Job to tell really tho as not much fodder beet has even come up yet..:(

same here. No sign of flea beetle on the odd beet seedlings that have emerged, but sprayed the bird seed mixes (with mustard) and the forage rape a couple of days ago. Plenty of the little buggers making an appearance.
 

Nearly

Member
Location
North of York
Seed ordered, rain promised a week after delivery too. That's service.

Ordered a wagon and drag of big square bale straw last night. If it looks ok I'll squeeze a second one in the shed.
Looks like tractors living outside all winter again. :(
Not panicing but can see what's on my farm.
8 ibc's booked from local distillery, ringing round for prices on molasses.
 

som farmer

Member
Livestock Farmer
Location
somerset
patches of forage rape, sown last year, took up to 8 weeks to emerge, but it did come up ! Working on the principle, if its not sown, it cant grow ! We have 19 acres of kale or forage rape in, its all up, but slow, hopefully prioritising root growth to find the moisture, everything drilled, principle, nearer any moisture ! But dews are heavy, bit of rain and it would grow like stink. More worrying, we will have another 11 acres of kale to go in soon, behind hybrid rye, chance the weather, or wait, for rain ? Most of the kale for outwintering, rape to feed soon !
 

LIVE - DEFRA SFI Janet Hughes “ask me anything” 19:00-20:00 20th September (Today)

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