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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Mixed Farmer
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

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) alongside the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP), has named new farm safety champions and commended the outstanding work on farm safety that has been carried out in the farming community in the last 20 years.

Two of these champions are Malcom Downey, retired principal inspector for the Agri/Food team in HSENI and Harry Sinclair, current chair of the Farm Safety Partnership and former president of the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU).

Improving farm safety is the key aim of HSENI’s and the FSP’s work and...