Weaving GD demo

Discussion in 'Direct Drilling Machinery' started by willy, Apr 20, 2016.

  1. Old John

    Old John Member

    N E Suffolk
    We've been using a GD for about 15 months now and planted hundreds of acres of OSR and stubble turnips and had no problems. Many of the farmers where we have planted stubble turnips have been very impressed with how shallow we can plant and the good crops behind the drill.
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  2. on heavy land open slots are a problem under certain conditions
    when it is wet and stays wet slugs move down them
    when it is wet at drilling and it dries out they can open more
    when it is hard then rains slug get down them

    waiting till it is dryer can alleviate some of the problems for wet conditions
    the problem with a gd compared to a big disc is that it will go in conditions that are wetter when you should not be drilling

    I would agree that a 4 m trailed should have enough weight

    having a wider drill and traveling slower is always better and leads to reduced wear on disks and bearings
    on a big disc and a moore at speed the disc get warm and bearing can get warm which reduces their life
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  3. APJ

    APJ Member

    West Midlands

    Second wheat drilled with the gd 3m demo machine 28th September, hasn't looked great all winter but seems to be looking better by the day now.
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  4. notill will never look good all winter compared to cultivated
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  5. APJ

    APJ Member

    West Midlands
    Think it's one thing you need to get your head around is the fact that no till crops are never pretty to look at till spring, this field is certainly looking better each day now very pleased with it! Attached some photos of establishment.

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  6. britt

    britt Member

    leics/warks border
    I was told before I started notill that crops had an extra growth stage, it's called the embarrassment stage.
  7. once you get used to the sight of trash and stubble and uneven looking crops it becomes easier this was also the case with mintill once burning was banned

    I also suspect that as soil gets more years of notill it gets more even looking

    allowing bigger hedges reduces the embarrassment !
  8. tomildinio

    tomildinio New Member

    Does the fert on a grain and fert come down the same pipe? And planted alongside the seed? Does this not scorch the seed?
  9. willy

    willy Member

    Not sure about all this fert application on the drill, have it with the dale but crops never do any better they just look better earlier.

    Also you don't need many pipes or spilt fert to start damaging a drill worth many £000s.

    Personally I thought it was the way but it does not make up for building indices using sewage sludge or any other natural form.
  10. Old John

    Old John Member

    N E Suffolk
    The seed and fertiliser use separate pipes but but both exit into the slot together.
    As far as scorch is concerned, so long as you don't put too much fertiliser down at seeding, it's ok. When we used to combine drill,up until the 1970's, where fertiliser was placed, it used to slow emergence a bit.
  11. tomildinio

    tomildinio New Member

    I like the idea of the fert one, gives two bins if mixing cover crops seed, can be used to do normal sowing too and can place fert. Studies over here have p and k placing giving up to 14% extra yield in sp barley compared to spreading on ploughing and it could also help getting crops going without the mineralisation of N from ploughing. Only thing I would be worried about is the scorching if the fert is placed too near the seed.
  12. Not really. Dont use too much urea with brassicas

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