spring bean sowing

Adeptandy

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Having a go today on Beans
 

Two Tone

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In North Suffolk in 1986, I drilled all my Spring Beans a few days after the Chernobyl nuclear power station blew up, which was 26th April.
We were advised to stay indoors to avoid the radio-active cloud over the UK a few days later. We were desperate to drill the crops, so just carried on. This must have been the very end of April/early May. The weather itself was lovely and sunny, by then, but there were still a few wet hole patches to avoid.

Harvested one of the best Spring Beans crops I have ever grown, in Early October.

Maybe that radiation helped?
Unlikely to happen again.
..............................oh, wait a minute!!
 
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Two Tone

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Mixed Farmer
In North Suffolk in 1986, I drilled all my Spring Beans a few days after the Chernobyl nuclear power station blew up, which was 26th April.
We were advised to stay indoors to avoid the radio-active cloud over the UK a few days later. We were desperate to drill the crops, so just carried on. This must have been the very end of April/early May. The weather itself was lovely and sunny, by then, but there were still a few wet hole patches to avoid.

Harvested one of the best Spring Beans crops I have ever grown, in Early October.

Maybe that radiation helped?
Unlikely to happen again.
..............................oh, wait a minute!!
Further to the above, when we came to harvest that crop in early October, we had finished all the other winter drilling. So we had every engine'd farm vehicle we owned in a 62 acre and on 40 acre field at the same time:

205 hp New Holland 8080H Combine
136 hp Bedford KM lorry with a Cole Drill-filler acting as a Chaser for the
250 hp Leyland Road train artic ferrying the beans back to the main farm 12 miles away.

215 hp John Deere 8430 tractor ploughing with an 8 furrow semi mounted Dowdeswell
96 hp International power harrowing ahead of the drill, being a
80 hp MF690 pulling a 4 metre Carrier drill, drilling Avalon seed wheat. Finally a
70 hp MF675 pulling a set of Cambridge rolls. Plus the
65 hp Manitou MB25P forklift loading the drill with 50kg bags of C1 seed on a pallet. That is

1,117 hp in total in one field at the same time on the same day. Add in the

60 hp farm Land-rover and the petrol engine driving the Cole drill-filler/chaser bin, being
5 hp, Now totalling

1,182 hp !


Both fields Harvested and growing the next crop on the same day, in 2 days total.
I don't know how we did it.
.................... must have been that Radiation cloud!
 

yellowbelly

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N.Lincs
That is

1,117 hp in total in one field at the same time on the same day. Add in the

60 hp farm Land-rover and the petrol engine driving the Cole drill-filler/chaser bin, being
5 hp, Now totalling

1,182 hp

Unlikely to happen again.
All running on red diesel at about 70p/gallon (16p/litre) ......

........now there's something that's unlikely to happen again :facepalm:
 

Two Tone

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Mixed Farmer
In some farms these days that might only be to machines for that hp figure.
Thsts more like the tax on diesel nowadays than the full price
Probably right.
Nowadays, Spring Beans would get all sort of sprays, and probably yield less too.
That crop only had a proper pre-emergence herbicide for Peas and Beans like Oppoguard and some Aphox (Pirimicarb) insecticide once round the headlands.
 

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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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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