Strip till on a mixed farm with potatoes?

KennyO

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Angus
Is anybody practicing strip tip in Scotland or Northern England successfully in a rotation with potatoes. Currently ploughing everything and drilling with a power harrow drill, except sometimes just deep cultivation after potatoes.
I believe @Colin did have a claydon.

Interested from a soil conservation point of view and mostly for time saving as I do most of the ploughing and drilling myself.

Currently have a 6 or 7 year rotation. Something like pots, ww(or sb), wb, wosr, ww, sb.

The biggest issue I can see is getting stone rows mixed back through soil profile without ploughing after potatoes. Would there be any benefit running a strip till drill and still ploughing before and after potatoes.

Renting ground for potatoes and renting our store provide a good reliable income which is needed in years like this one.

We also apply cattle dung 2 or 3 years out of every rotation and have a little grass for silage.

Cropping approx 400ac of combinables.

Thanks
 

David_A

Member
Location
Fife
Is anybody practicing strip tip in Scotland or Northern England successfully in a rotation with potatoes. Currently ploughing everything and drilling with a power harrow drill, except sometimes just deep cultivation after potatoes.
I believe @Colin did have a claydon.

Interested from a soil conservation point of view and mostly for time saving as I do most of the ploughing and drilling myself.

Currently have a 6 or 7 year rotation. Something like pots, ww(or sb), wb, wosr, ww, sb.

The biggest issue I can see is getting stone rows mixed back through soil profile without ploughing after potatoes. Would there be any benefit running a strip till drill and still ploughing before and after potatoes.

Renting ground for potatoes and renting our store provide a good reliable income which is needed in years like this one.

We also apply cattle dung 2 or 3 years out of every rotation and have a little grass for silage.

Cropping approx 400ac of combinables.

Thanks
Not strictly strip till, but we sow our wheat after pots with a sumo trio. The aim being to break the compaction and level the field, ths sed being spread before the packer. Sometimes a quick pass for more levelling is required, especially this year. The aim is to leave the brock on the surface. We then try to no till subsequent crops with the jd 750a. The problem is that you end up with as much machinery as a plough based system. Our system has morphed over the years, so no particular machine was bought specifically for this task.
The compaction from the tattie harvest goes down some 18 to 24 inches, how do we remove that. We aim to get the soil in as good a condition before the tatties with cover crops etc so it can better stand the punishment. Ultimately we may need to stop the tatties and veg, but that feels like a cop out.
I think the options for many to get into no till or strip till should include sharing machinery with like minded neighbours.
 

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World Food Day: NFU Cymru celebrates Welsh food producers at the Senedd

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Written by Rachel Martin

NFU Cymru members and Assembly Members have been celebrating the role that Welsh farmers play in producing nutritious, high quality, safe affordable food during an event at the Senedd today on World Food Day (October 16).

The lunchtime event, which was sponsored by Llyr Gruffydd AM, included a special menu of fine Welsh produce.

Speaking at the event, NFU Cymru...
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