Yorkshire fog

scrubbuster

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Location
Easter Ross
I have a reseed that that was direct drilled into stubble last September. It wasn't looking great for a while but it's come away now but it has big areas of YF. What is the best course of action now. I plan to top it, should probably have been done before now. I did wonder about a weed wiper as the sown grasses are well grazed but that may be a silly idea!
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Kiwi Pete

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Livestock Farmer
Is YF a sign of low lime levels?
It tolerates low pH, more a sign of low grazing pressure, which lets it away ahead of anything tasty.

It accumulates aluminium, which gives the impression that "lime sees it off" - really the carbonate gives the H+ and Al³+ something to cling to, so it doesn't taste as fugly (same as creeping bent etc)

The cheapest way to reduce the chances of it overtaking more desirable grasses is to use enough pressure that the stock will deck the area given in a couple of days - as opposed to parking them in the whole field until they moan to get out - because in that situation they'll overgraze most things and still undergraze the YF, which puts it ahead every grazing and creates a compounding situation

Nonselective grazing has pretty much eradicated it from our ranch in the space of a couple of years.
 

som farmer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
somerset
and yet as hay they eat it, or perhaps they haven't a choice ! Used to be prolific here, haven't really worried about it recently, shall keep my eyes open, to show junior.
Just goes to show what grazing management can do, maggots cleared out the ragwort here as well, all we need now, are nettle, dock and thistle devourers.
 

xmilkr

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When l first started work on the farm l now own, all the grassland was chocked with Yorkshire fog, being a young lad with little experience l soon realised which grass was producing the milk, so when the boss told me to put 2 bags of 20 10 10 compound and 1 bag of nitram as it was then per acre, on one of the grazing paddocks l carried this out, l had read in the FW that ici were pushing this nitram as a boost to grass production so unknown to the boss l put 1 bag 20 10 10 and 2 bags of nitram to the acre, the result was amazing but as l had made such a good job he set me to do the other paddocks, l had to tell him he needed more nitram and told him what l had done, l got a clip over the ear but this farm never grew YF again , my advice would be increase your N then more productive grasses will take over.
 

som farmer

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Livestock Farmer
Location
somerset
When l first started work on the farm l now own, all the grassland was chocked with Yorkshire fog, being a young lad with little experience l soon realised which grass was producing the milk, so when the boss told me to put 2 bags of 20 10 10 compound and 1 bag of nitram as it was then per acre, on one of the grazing paddocks l carried this out, l had read in the FW that ici were pushing this nitram as a boost to grass production so unknown to the boss l put 1 bag 20 10 10 and 2 bags of nitram to the acre, the result was amazing but as l had made such a good job he set me to do the other paddocks, l had to tell him he needed more nitram and told him what l had done, l got a clip over the ear but this farm never grew YF again , my advice would be increase your N then more productive grasses will take over.
l think we all learning you can substantially alter swards by grazing/cutting methods. To be fair, most of us knew that, just got waylaid by seed reps.
 

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

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In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...
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