Summer brassica break crop

Alias

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Livestock Farmer
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Lancashire
We have half a field, about 5 acres, which stock don’t eat well. We ploughed and reseeded the other side a few years back and they always eat this first, but drains are too near surface to plough this half. We’ve overseeded meadows and this has worked well, but not much success with pastures.
I’m thinking spray it off, chain harrow a few times, then broadcast brassica seed on, perhaps late April, and strip graze over summer with cows. Overseed with grass late summer. Does this sound like a good idea? What type of brassica, redstart? We haven’t much spare fertiliser, but plenty of slurry or even solid muck. Ph should be ok, it’s been limed twice in last few years. Will it need spraying again before the grass seed, or will a good harrowing do?
Any advice appreciated, we normally just grow grass.
 

neilo

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Mixed Farmer
Location
Montgomeryshire
We have half a field, about 5 acres, which stock don’t eat well. We ploughed and reseeded the other side a few years back and they always eat this first, but drains are too near surface to plough this half. We’ve overseeded meadows and this has worked well, but not much success with pastures.
I’m thinking spray it off, chain harrow a few times, then broadcast brassica seed on, perhaps late April, and strip graze over summer with cows. Overseed with grass late summer. Does this sound like a good idea? What type of brassica, redstart? We haven’t much spare fertiliser, but plenty of slurry or even solid muck. Ph should be ok, it’s been limed twice in last few years. Will it need spraying again before the grass seed, or will a good harrowing do?
Any advice appreciated, we normally just grow grass.

I’ve done the same on a few fields here that you really wouldn’t want to cultivate ‘properly’, but using a Simtech DD. A light discing after spraying off would get a bit of tilth, but harrowing a few times would likely be enough for brassicas as long as it rained after. Roll after broadcasting to get better seed soil contact & conserve moisture.

Personally, I would spray again before grass, to remove as many weeds as possible while you can. It only needs a low dose (2 litres/ha glyphosate + water conditioner) as they’ll be young weeds.

Redstart or similar would work well, but seed is dearer and you’ll not get the benefit of the regrowth it can offer. A cheap fodder rape and/or stubble turnips would give you the same feed for less money. Hardly worth falling out over 5ac though.
 

Alias

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Lancashire
Sounds like we have a plan. We have some old discs so I’ll dig them out and have a go, it has been eaten off fairly bare so shouldn’t take a lot of doing. Thanks
 

Nearly

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Location
North of York
@Great In Grass sent me some fodder rape a few years ago.
in calf heifers fodder rape.jpg

Same again this year I think.
 
As above, soil test, spray off, sort lime/P/K and run discs over it to generate some tilth. Sow redstart/swift when soil warms up. Graze off as necessary, spray off if needed then reseed with grass. Excellent break crop for grass. Does want some nitrogen though, I have seen chicken muck used for this to great effect.
 

DanM

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Wiltshire
As above, soil test, spray off, sort lime/P/K and run discs over it to generate some tilth. Sow redstart/swift when soil warms up. Graze off as necessary, spray off if needed then reseed with grass. Excellent break crop for grass. Does want some nitrogen though, I have seen chicken muck used for this to great effect.
Would chicken muck have to be worked into soil pre-drilling or could it be top-dressed on post drilling?
 
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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

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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...
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