When to apply nitrogen

Gedd

Member
My rape barley and wheat are starting to look for feed going discouloured but it's to wet to spread would you wait until dry enough or go now and make a mark I'm a one man band and lambing is to start next week normally have the first dose on before
 

Two Tone

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Mixed Farmer
My rape barley and wheat are starting to look for feed going discouloured but it's to wet to spread would you wait until dry enough or go now and make a mark I'm a one man band and lambing is to start next week normally have the first dose on before
I think many of us are in the same boat on this one.
I’m going to let it dry a bit or wait for a frost and “ice road truck it” on
 

Brisel

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Arable Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
We've been trying to get on osr and wheat but are trying to do the right thing and have some dry weather. However, it's now March & they need feeding. With a better forecast this week we'll be finishing the last 2 wet fields of osr and doing as much wheat that isn't under water as possible.

@Gedd I'd crack on when you can travel. If you're really worried about leaching then keep doses down but everything is growing so needs feeding IMO.
 

silverfox

Member
Location
Shropshire
In the same boat here, but no point making a mess and possibly getting stuck.
Worth remembering that 2 years ago we had the beast from the East , when nothing grew until April. The cold and biting winds almost took all the leaves off the wheat, but we went on to have a good harvest .
 

4course

Member
Location
north yorks
starting in 20 minutes wb ww that was sown in the autumn ,rest not yet out of the ground so waiting till we can see what weve got ,too wet to travel as yet on that sown last month
 

teslacoils

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
Takes a bit of time for my clays to warm up. Ideally some on asap. But without a frost I wouldn't dare! New grass so not a thick mat of roots to carry the tractor.
 

Fromebridge

Member
BASIS
Location
Glos
My rape barley and wheat are starting to look for feed going discouloured but it's to wet to spread would you wait until dry enough or go now and make a mark I'm a one man band and lambing is to start next week normally have the first dose on before
I think you'll have to compromise: wait until it's a little drier, so as to leave a mark but not as bad as if you went today. If you wait till it's proper dry you may well have already lost yield potential.
 

marshallfarm

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Arable Farmer
Location
Lincs
Apologies to hijack thread. Would you apply liquid fert to an emerging wheat crop or would it damage it being so young and tender?
 

Brisel

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
North Yorkshire
Yes, but not in sunny windy weather. Usual scorch avoidance measures. There will be plenty of bare soil to take it and little leaf area to scorch.
 

silverfox

Member
Location
Shropshire
Very surprised how it started to dry up today with wind and sun. When I walked some fields late afternoon, they would’ve travelled apart from the odd wet patch .
the difference in my early drilled barley and a field I shouldn’t have drilled after potatoes, which is going to haunt me until harvest as we’ve decided first loss is the best loss, rather than re drill it .
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Claas joins the autonomous tractor club

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Written by Justin Roberts

Claas has taken a minority shareholding in the Dutch autonomous tractor startup company, AgXeed B.V.

The new company has developed a tractor designed to be autonomous from the ground up, rather than try to adapt existing machines, or create smaller robots dedicated to a limited range of tasks.

AgXeed’s pilot machine is a diesel hybrid powered unit on tracks which uses a suite of software which, the company claims, is easily scalable.

Like many small technology start-ups seeking to gain a foothold in the machinery market, the company also points to the product as being part of a larger system rather than just another way of performing standard tasks

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