State of your crops -2022


Arable Farmer
Having not grown it for years we put a field in with the intention of saving it for seed. Nothing we have tried yet seems to fit that early harvest slot. Complete seed failure (suspect it was redressed 2020 seed) put paid to that.
Seed is going to be an issue going forward, I have some over year C2 in that I can dress for next year. The breeder it came from may have planted some over year C1 for seed but I haven't heard anything yet. Sad really it's a bloody great wheat for me either as a first or a 2nd but particularly as a second as it gives that early chance for OSR.

Two Tone

Mixed Farmer
Just seems a tad counter intuitive to increase row width and put the same number if seeds in. If you're getting good emergence with soil moisture etc, and not the bg flushes from moving less soul, and drilling pretty early then I'd be thinking of cutting seed rates. Ah the days of drilling 90kg/ha of Claire in the first couple of days in September.
I’m not sure it is counter intuitive.
The secret to No-till is NOT disturbing the ground between the row, therefore not waking the BG up.
Keeping the seed rate just as high as if using narrow spacing rows adds competition to the BG that is disturbed within and close to the row.
That what might seem extra seed is a hell of a lot cheaper than the herbicides, that don’t work well enough anyway.
Agree. Need to try some different rates
I’d be very wary of reducing seed rates in a high BG situation.
One field I have that was drilled with what turned out to be low germination seed, has become a disaster BG wise. And it was drilled conventionally, not DD’d. There just isn’t enough competition from the wheat to have any effect.
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Out looking for the dog at 9pm (after it set off after a Coypu) and I am seeing ears popping out in Feb drilled spring barley.


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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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...