Spring crops really struggling

jh.

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Mine started ok and despite warm days the spring barley is really not enjoying life Trying to convince myself its building roots but it looks like its going backwards as its so cold at night.
Mine is the same but not from cold nights just N still sitting on top and not washed in.

Came up looking great and then got the bulk of its N. Hardly a drop of rain since and now looks terrible and very manganese deficient . Been holding off herbicides to give it a chance and not stress it more but considering just spraying it the once as late as possible and shutting the gate until harvest and just seeing what I get .

Worst are a few fields I used urea in , it got a bit more N than where I used extran but looks so hungry and stressed it's hellish.
 

Flat 10

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Fen Edge
Spring barley looks pretty average here, T2 tonight, covered in leaf miners. sh!t all over tractor.
Belepi drilled end of March is looking ok at flag leaf now. Late drilled barley is absolutely cack
 

Happy

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Scotland
Mine is the same but not from cold nights just N still sitting on top and not washed in.

Came up looking great and then got the bulk of its N. Hardly a drop of rain since and now looks terrible and very manganese deficient . Been holding off herbicides to give it a chance and not stress it more but considering just spraying it the once as late as possible and shutting the gate until harvest and just seeing what I get .

Worst are a few fields I used urea in , it got a bit more N than where I used extran but looks so hungry and stressed it's hellish.
Same with me.
Just in from doing T1 in spring barleys. Even this early on i’m certain it will be back at least 0.5t/acre on average for past 5 years.
Nothing sown until 20th April on but all into good seedbeds. Plenty plants but just hasn't tillered like normal. Only decent fields are those that got dung this year or last.
I’d imagine those with grain & Fert drills will be seeing a big benefit from them this year.
 

Auckland Blue

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Essex
Anyone got any peas? Not the weather that’s holding ours back now, it’s the bl**dy pigeons.
Yes 30 Hectares of sakura. Look as good at the moment as they have done for many years. Got 8 gas guns out, numerous kites and flags. moving them about every 3 days and just about keeping pigeons off but having said that we have a persistent group of a hundred or so that keeping dropping in on the headlands and all we seem to do is push them off one bit and onto another headland. I keep meaning to take a gun down with a few decoys and have a go at them. Don't seem to have the time, always moving gas guns and flags!
 

Flat 10

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Fen Edge
Yes 30 Hectares of sakura. Look as good at the moment as they have done for many years. Got 8 gas guns out, numerous kites and flags. moving them about every 3 days and just about keeping pigeons off but having said that we have a persistent group of a hundred or so that keeping dropping in on the headlands and all we seem to do is push them off one bit and onto another headland. I keep meaning to take a gun down with a few decoys and have a go at them. Don't seem to have the time, always moving gas guns and flags!
Have a shoot up!
 

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94: Advice around establishing herbal leys

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94: Advice around establishing herbal leys

Written by AHDB

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.

* Please note this episode was filmed outside, so in parts it can be...
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