Emerging Wheat

Well finally got round to taking a few pics of the emerging wheat – it’s all rather slow but I think that has more to do with October drilling date and wet cold weather

It’s much harder to walk these DD crops as the residue take the eye before the plants – you have to walk field properly as it’s no longer evident that all is ok from a quick look over the gate ! – this will create a significant increase in management and agronomist time I guess, especially through the first few months of the crops life

It’s notable how dry it walks though and how well it would carry a sprayer if needed – digging into the rows show a lot more seeds just about to emerge so I think rows should be looking much fuller by next weekend

After Oats – I suspect you may need zoom to see it !

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………But it’s all there and coming through nicely

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After OSR

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Closer

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Slug pellets so far are 4kg that went on at drilling as a precaution – and the land after OSR has just had another 4kg this week as I could find a bit of grazing

I think it will be spring before it looks like a “normal” crop as residues get pulled into the soil and wheat tillers.

I can see a difference in my soil already, worms and structure better than I have seen for years despite it taking a pounding this season

We are drilling again today and still have 500ac to do but I doubt we will see plants much before Christmas now – emergence does seem slow !

Overall I’m very happy with how it’s gone so far – we have spent very little money or time of doing what we have so far and 100% of what we have drilled seems to be growing
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Todays efforts !

Todays efforts drilling more wheat after OSR

After the drill

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another finished field

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just 1 L of glyphosate and 4kg detrex yesterday then direct into the volunteer crop, my hope is that remaining slugs will favour eating the osr over the wheat seeds. Will be watching it carefully and pelleting again if needed though

slot closing well but we have done 1 small field where there was less cover and therefore wetter soil, the slots were closed on 90% of the field but some were open and I wasn’t happy with that so i have just sent the rolls in before tonights expected rain, if we have time the plan is to roll as much as we can as it can only help I guess ?

if we get the forecast rain I think we will be stood now until after the weekend at best

Wheat after OSR

In some OSR stubbles today

Before

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After

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Thank god for GPS ! field done – but the neighbours would never guess it’s wheat !!

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Plenty of slugs to be found – field was pelleted when sprayed with Glyphosate last week (4kg ferric phosphate) and has had another 4kg on top while drilling. Will need to be vigilant I think though on this one !

Wheat after Oats

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After our easy start in clean OSR stubble with the 750a I thought it was time to try something a little more hardcore today ! Light land again but this time a winter oat stubble with straw chopped – sprayed off with 3l of glyphosate which has done a nice job on some brome that had germinated nicely on the surface

First pic – what we are drilling into

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After the drill

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Finished job

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although it’s nice light land again it was quite wet, we had around 1″ of rain since last thursday, slot closing well really and pleased with the job and no evidence of hair-pinning that I could find

short video drilling headlands

First day out

Finally got going with wheat drilling today on some nice light free draining soils, almost a month latter than we had planned to start due to seemingly constant wet weather – VERY pleased with the job the drill is doing.

Nice easy start for us on a block of land after OSR that has no volunteers, we are applying 4kg of Detrex on the back of the drill as I can find a few slugs and eggs. The rest of our OSR stubble’s are over 1ft tall with a thick volunteer crop, I’m sure the drill will cope though

The soil – it’s very light and free draining on this block of land, not in the picture but number of worms is good at least half a dozen uncovered in a spade full, I didn’t expect to see them increasing so soon so maybe the solo and rapid were doing more harm to them than I thought ??

Uncovered seed slot – depth seems very even and there is no smeering of the slot at all, I smeared more with my fingers trying to find the seed !

Slot covered by gutler

after following harrow

Drill working at a slight angle to last years crop

I reckon we are spending well under £10/ac doing this – compare that with my min till establishment cost last year of closer to £60 and you can see one of the reasons why we have returned to direct drilling !!! not to mention how quick it all is and the lack of need for 600hp crawlers ! I cant see any reason why this won’t grow and yield well ??

Work rates are very pleasing – already running about 10ac/hr which will increase as operator gains experience I’m sure, it’s leaving the soil nicely consolidated, absolutely no need to roll at all I reckon. Completed filed looks a picture, to my surprise it does seem to have leveled up marks from combine and chaser bin nicely and all look lovely and level

We are using RTK GPS so no need for marker arms and we are not tram-lining as the Sprayer will put them back in on top of last years