Spring crops really struggling

Jimbo

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Conclusion from a walk round my spring crops is they are s**t . Spring barley looks good from the road but when in about it, it is thin and short . Feck all straw this year I think .
 
3 months ago we were covered in snow. Spring barley is now nearly in head. You never know a glorious next 3 months may yet provide decent barley if the heads get a chance to bulk up

Stuff I resowed due to my cock up on 10th May isnt far behind the stuff drilled pre 20th April and it certainly looks better. Not a vintage year but if prices reflect a poor year then it might not be so bad.
 

jh.

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This is my worst stuff . Concerto drilled at 225kg/h on 21st April. Got 10.26.26 at 288kg/h on 29th April. Balance amidas urea on 14th May. Still seeing residues on top and looking very hungry as we keep missing any decent rains .

Some neighbours got fert on ahead of last decent rain and look much better while others with similar looking crops to mine .
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This is my worst stuff . Concerto drilled at 225kg/h on 21st April. Got 10.26.26 at 288kg/h on 29th April. Balance amidas urea on 14th May. Still seeing residues on top and looking very hungry as we keep missing any decent rains .

Some neighbours got fert on ahead of last decent rain and look much better while others with similar looking crops to mine . View attachment 682456View attachment 682458
did you not put any fert down the spout?
 
This is my worst stuff . Concerto drilled at 225kg/h on 21st April. Got 10.26.26 at 288kg/h on 29th April. Balance amidas urea on 14th May. Still seeing residues on top and looking very hungry as we keep missing any decent rains .

Some neighbours got fert on ahead of last decent rain and look much better while others with similar looking crops to mine . View attachment 682456View attachment 682458
mine in the pic was sown around that date too
 

jh.

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fife
did you not put any fert down the spout?
Haven't done it for years. We had split a field into 3 about 20 years ago. 1/3 down spout , 1/3 broadcast after drill and 1/3 in front on plough furr then mixed in during sowing . All fert had been applied on the same day as sowing and there was hardly any difference other than bushy looking rows in broadcast on plough furr stuff at same angle as plough had worked.

We have just broadcast after the drill since . Now with reduced labour tho so the truth is fertiliser isn't going on quick enough anymore , so something that maybe needs looked into again
 
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Haven't done it for years. We had split a field into 3 about 20 years ago. 1/3 down spout , 1/3 broadcast after drill and 1/3 in front on plough furr then mixed in during sowing . All fert had been applied on the same day as sowing and there was hardly any difference other than bushy looking rows in broadcast on plough furr stuff at same angle as plough had worked.

We have just broadcast after the drill since . Now with reduced labour tho so the truth is fertiliser isn't going on quick enough anymore , so something that maybe needs looked into again
was it a dry spring when you did your experiment though? we often get a dry may so thats why we started putting it down the spout made a difference in a dry year
 

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94: Advice around establishing herbal leys

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In this episode, Danny Fanning, a Masters student from University College Dublin spent a two month placement at AHDB looking at Herbal Leys. During this time he spoke to Ian Wilkinson of Costwolds seeds about his farming practices and how he manages his herbal lays.

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