Two fields of very similar soil type either side of the road. Drilled within a day of each other. One was established with a maize drill at 100,000 seeds per hectare the other drilled by weight of seed with our own John Deere 750A on conventional drill widths. The latter method has been in use for the last 5 years. Originally, we used the farm … Continue reading Variable drilled Maize on the up.
The delicate blue flowers of the winter linseed look a picture at the moment. It is however quite difficult to get a photo of the whole field in flower as they open and close as the clouds pass over. I always seem to be on the sprayer just when the sun shines. The crop itself looks really good this year, weed and disease free so … Continue reading Blue is the colour
The oilseed rape, as it often does, appears to have made a remarkable recovery. Well at least some of it. We still have fields which resemble a Gouda cheese and are full of holes, with bare patches now being colonised by weeds. The field in the photo was infested with cabbage stem flea beetle larvae a few months ago and looked like a lost cause. … Continue reading A reprieve for the rape?
We just about managed to reach the 10 year average monthly rainfall for April. However, here in South Oxfordshire, over half of the 31mm we had fell in the first week of the month. This had been preceded by a dry winter, so the question is, have we had enough for the crops to keep going? Despite the cracks opening up on the areas of … Continue reading Is it enough?
The winter linseed is looking good and is now growing away nicely. Which is more than I can say for the oilseed rape. It all started badly back in August, with bone dry seedbeds. We eventually drilled it after some rain over the bank holiday. Direct drilling into the little moisture that was there should do the trick, I thought. However, the soil, in particular … Continue reading Rotation Conundrum.
The spring cereals sown in February are up and away now, despite the best efforts of the corvids. The hedges already bursting into life are now being joined by the trees, which are starting to shows signs of new growth. The clay cap block destined for spring barley has had a visit by the drill and needs some rain now. Other than wash in some … Continue reading A different weed to deal with.
Warning this post may contain themes of arable farming therefore could exceed your boredom threshold. You have been warned. Normal service will be resumed next time. As you can see from the image above we have extremely variable soil types. In this field alone there are 15 different soil types. Its far from flat just to add interest. Many of our fields are like this, … Continue reading Variable Applications