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Discussion in 'Direct Drilling Crops & Agronomy' started by Tompkins, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. Tompkins

    Tompkins Member

    NE Somerset
    What would be the best thing to plant in May on heavy wet clay with a plan to either plough in, or DD wheat in September?
  2. Brisel

    Brisel Member

    I've just stuck some left over vetch/phacelia/buckwheat cover crop seed into 2 small fields like yours. The Claydon smeared inch wide slots but I lightly disced the top a few days ago to create some clods to go next to the seed. I don't think much will grow until we get some rain. I was tempted to let the neighbours spin some grass seed on for a late cut or tow but I need cover crops for my stewardship agreement.

    Is there any reason to avoid letting any of those species go to seed? Next crop is spring oats so 8 months of CC in the ground.
  3. bobk

    bobk Member

    Beans . ploughed in .
  4. juke

    juke Member


    oats will do better if you do let them go too seed, radishes will be most awkward to kill, we have done it few times n the crop never suffers at all from having radishes growin amomgst. double bubble cover crop. Buckwheat will die in the winter with frost.. vetch hasnt been a problem , only one that I have heard of being problematic is phalecia going to seed, but I have never witnessed it being a problem in a following crop.
    Last edited: May 6, 2018

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