Companion Cropping – Peas and SOSR

 

After WW – stubbles 1 pass with carrier last week, I would have drilled direct but stubble needed levelling after harvest damage and I also felt that soil might warm faster if I turned it brown !  I guess if nothi g else this does prove that the &%0a is just as happy in a cultivated situation as it is direct –  versatility is important in anyone’s system

drilled April 21st 2103 soil temp 9 deg c

Crackerjack spring blue peas tgw 275 seed rates 180-250kg /ha

Earlybird SOSR 3.5tgw seed rate 2 – 3.5kg/ha

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The idea is that the N fixing of the Peas will help fertilise the SOSR the and the SOSR. Will support the peas making combining easier, The harvested mixture to be separated by rotary cleaner at store

50% of total N will be applied tomorrow as DAP and Centium will be used pre-em tomorrow

Will either be a complete nightmare or work well !!

 

Emergance

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Showing in rows

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Update – peas dominating so far. Centium has worked a bit well and checked sosr a bit I think leaving some bleached leaf

looks like the peas are about to start contributing some N though now

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Quick update – spring rape just starting to flower now

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harvest time ! – SOSR doing its job supporting peas,  where we didn’t drill osr the peas are VERY flat

Sample pre separation

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Sample cleaned out well over a rotary cleaner - variable costs were £175/ac
Gross output /ac was 1.6t peas – not sold yet but offered £330 (£528) last week plus 279kg OSR £320 ?? = (£89.28) = £617

GM about £ 442/ac which is respectable for the year

Seed (both pea and sosr) was expensive last year as everyone wanted spring crops – home saving will knock a good chunk of the VC’s next year

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