Sowing late Stubble Turnips

I know the latest date for sowing ST has been covered a few times on here so apologies.
I have 40 acres available to me that we could possibly get in in the next day or two, if I uped the seed rate ,and made it come as thick as cress, would that compensate for the lack of growing time to make bulbs , but make some good leafy feed ? Would broadcast on to cultivated land and roll. Seed at @ £ 2.70 kg thinking 3 kg acre. Not expensive per acre but quite dry atm with only “ maybe “ rain forecast.
would appreciate any thoughts or comments .
 

AndrewM

Member
BASIS
Location
Devon
Depends what time of year you want to graze it. Mild winter, might be a crop after Xmas. Don't drill it crazy thick else it will just compete with itself too much?
 

neilo

Member
Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
I know the latest date for sowing ST has been covered a few times on here so apologies.
I have 40 acres available to me that we could possibly get in in the next day or two, if I uped the seed rate ,and made it come as thick as cress, would that compensate for the lack of growing time to make bulbs , but make some good leafy feed ? Would broadcast on to cultivated land and roll. Seed at @ £ 2.70 kg thinking 3 kg acre. Not expensive per acre but quite dry atm with only “ maybe “ rain forecast.
would appreciate any thoughts or comments .

IME it won’t grow much, however thick you put it, until it warms up in the Spring. It will normally start to sprout shoots from mid-Feb (if we get a warm week) or early March, here or back home anyway.
It won’t come to anything much before that, then double in size every few days as it tries to bolt.

I’m just putting the drill on to put 17ac similar in myself.
 
If you sow it thick yiu will have a poor crop anyhow so your rolling the dice with nothing to gain ,but depends what you call thick ,I would not go over 2kg acre on turnips, germination will be as good as atm
I only sow stubble turnips at 1.5kg sowed some forage rape for first time yesterday into stubble at roughly the same yesterday just to see what it does
 
Location
Ceredigion
Long term ley with 1lb to the acre of rape ,looks a bit thick to me but farmers seems happy
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robbie

Member
BASIS
Lot of turnip seed in the shed Would prefer not to buy more seed . Been waiting for this field to be harvest for well over a month.
I've still got several acres to go in, I'll be upping the rate a bit to 3.5ish kg/ha .
I'm not expecting much only bulbs the size of golf balls but the sheep man who's supplying the seed is keen for me to still put them in.
Mine will be combi drilled into cultivated stubble
 
I've still got several acres to go in, I'll be upping the rate a bit to 3.5ish kg/ha .
I'm not expecting much only bulbs the size of golf balls but the sheep man who's supplying the seed is keen for me to still put them in.
Mine will be combi drilled into cultivated stubble
You don’t need to cultivate the stubble beforehand just go straight in with combi
 

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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