Drilling on a frost

Couple of good frosts over the last couple of days have hardened ground enough to travel so, although unconventional, we thought we have nothing to loose taking the drill out to see if it could do a job in these conditions.

The fields in question today are just a couple of small bits that are parts of blocks of land already drilled that we didn’t get done before wet weather beat us, if this works or not it will be no great loss so surely worth a try !


this is the field, it was winter oats and had sewage sludge applied back in September therefore it did get a cultivation from a set of discs as is legally required when applying sewage sludge. This cultivation was probably the reason it didn’t get drilled when the rest of the block did !

so here it is after the drill has been through – slot closing and most seed covered well, seed rate is 200kg/ha here variety Cordiale with a TGW of 42, no slug pellets being applied as I reckon pressure should be much lower now frosty weather is here




Short video of the drill at work

I think it’s going quite well so the plan is to get set up latter today to put a 100ac block in tomorrow early morning

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