Black-grass: saving the worst until last
Just to give an update on the farm: we drilled our last wheat, Dickens, into our worst black-grass field on Wednesday 26 October. This went into a seedbed which was created by the Sumo LDS with narrow points due to very dry conditions, followed by the Alpego cultivator and the left to green up before being sprayed off just before drilling.
The field was rolled on Sunday followed by Avadex and a pre-emergence of Vigon and PDM on Monday.
Winter beans were drilled on Monday into ploughing, with all the heavy land rolled on Sunday as soon as the rollers would run, to crush down the furrows and create a tilth with the front cross-bourd. I did lift out the drill coulters and worked down the worst of the heavy clay where the rain had not quite done enough this was then drilled and sprayed with propyzamide and PDM.
We also just had our first Monitor Farm meeting today, and it was a well-attended meeting on a very cold day.
We had Liz Stockdale from Newcastle University on cover crops and soil. She didn’t bore us with power point but asked the audience what questions they had and then set about answering them all, which in the process created more questions.
After the session inside we all walked down to our stubble turnips, dug some holes and had a look at our soil and turnips. This again created more debate before we returned to the farm for summing up and lunch.