If your able to look into n American varieties faller is an early spring variety. Bred in n Dakota as a milling wheat but in Canada it classes as a feed. Very popular in livestock areas for its yield and being early.Many thanks for all the replies, very interesting.
Badshot - any particular traits of Skyfall and Crusoe that you think make them suited, or just that they do well?
Yellowbelly - interesting comments. We still have Avalon and Mercia in regular trials, can’t say I notice them much earlier than modern varieties, but as with a lot of expts, we have to harvest all on one day anyway. Have Soissons as well, and that is early. Interesting comment to drill early, I’ve taken note of that. We will have the same varieties under conventional tillage. Early ness is certainly a trait we can work on, and have done in recent years.
Ollie - thanks, this is another trait we should be able to work on, we’re currently growing 800 land races from around the globe, so if the traits exist we should be able to at least look for them.
Fish - I assume you’re direct drilling Costello and Gleam? I’ve not had either in trials here, i’ll Certainly consider them, thanks.
Farmer Roy - great to hear experience from Australia. I tend to agree With your thourghts. I suspect a good variety will be good under different systems, not just one. But, as DD seems to be increasing in the UK, it seems at the least we should be thinking about these things.
Teslacoils - I’ve a sack of Squareheads somewhere, could always give it a go!
Thanks folk, more comments and thourghts welcome, including tips on DDing and how to get the best from it.
Yes all no till.
Interesting point re seed rates. When I first started no till I cranked up the seed rates, where as in the previous system I would start at 220s/m moving up to 350+ as the season progressed, but with no till I started at 300 and maxed out at 400.
But now after a few no till seasons under my belt, I’m starting to drop the rates again, even drilled one field at 200 last autumn.
The slug problems I expected, has largely never really materialise, why, not sure, earlier drilling in better condition, firmer soils, more predators or just dum luck
If you want to get excitable, can you do a trial with and without placed nitrogen fertiliser at drilling please?Thanks again folks. Any suggestions (other than Soissons) of varieties that wouldn't do well?
@Flatlander - sorry, don't think we can get any Faller
@Fish - thanks for following up, and interesting on seedrate. Issue for us is we have to weigh the seed out for all plots in good time, then if drilling gets delayed it's a right pain reweighing it.
@ollie989898 - not sure i can get Panorama but will keep it in mind (will need 0.5kg, Seedstor won't have that)
You don't want really heavy rain too soon. On reflection its more like 24-48h. If real heavy rain is forecast I would rather wait and not drill than try and rush it in before the rain as I would have done on ploughing.