Tillage Farming: Sowing problems


Gary Roe is back with his tillage dairy but try as he might this week to get some sowing done Storm Doris and bad weather got in the way.

Tillage Farming: Sowing problems

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Gary Roe is back with his tillage dairy but try as he might this week to get some sowing done Storm Doris and bad weather got in the way.

As usual when we want to start work on the land it starts raining.

We ploughed some ley last week with the intention of sowing oats early this week. That has been put on hold.

Up until last year we sowed all our cereals with a 3m one pass. However, we got another contractor to sow some spring barley in 2015 with a grain/fertiliser drill and we saw some good results from placing the fertiliser beside the seed.

We have some poorer land that would benefit from putting the fertiliser beside the seed so last year we purchased a second hand 3m trailed horsch grain/fertiliser drill. We kept the one pass as we had worries that in a wet autumn the horsch might not work.

Most of our drilling is now done with horsch for ourselves and customers. Last season we had some of the highest yields in poorer ground and we put this down to the fertiliser being beside the seed.

The output from the drill is also good with spot rates of 8 acres per hour.

Maintenance on the drill is low enough. We replaced the seeding pipes and the rubber mounts that carry the seeding arms this week. The rubbers will really improve seed depth placement. The working discs are good but we will replace the seeding discs after the spring.

We run a trailed cousins double ring press with leading tines in front of the drill. It is a great tool and leaves a lovely firm seedbed with some tillage left on top, it also leaves pressed ground weather proof which dries quicker.

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