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Drills have been back out despite recent rain
Andy Doyle
Rainfall amounts for November to date differ massively between regions, but land soaked well following a few days without rain and drills were back out planting
16 November 2022 Winter Indoor Management
Winter means preparing to start it all again
Getting some basic jobs done now on tillage farms can help reduce problems come springtime.
16 November 2022 Husbandry
Hard decisions about spraying or further planting
Rainfall amounts vary considerably across the country and it is possible that some growers will get more opportunities to plant, but should they?
Time to take aim at a 15t target
If we are to survive in tillage we need to bring our actual farm yields much closer to the genetic potential of the day -- it is time to target 15t/ha.
9 November 2022 Husbandry
Most land is wet but it can soak again
Rainfall amounts have been very variable but land continues to benefit from the dry ground conditions when machines were working on stubbles last harvest.
9 November 2022 Husbandry
Tillage Management: wet brings fieldwork to a halt for the time being
Heavy rain will stop field work for the time being but there may be further planting opportunities on dry land.
2 November 2022 Husbandry
Wet is now making further planting tricky
A wet week has dulled a lot of planting intentions but higher soil temperatures decrease the risks if ground conditions enable further planting.
26 October 2022 Husbandry
Cleaning up or tidying up winter rape crops
Weed control is important in oilseed rape and it is important to pay particular heed to good grass weed control.
19 October 2022 Husbandry
Main focus remains on winter planting
Recent rain and the lowering of soil temperatures will likely result in lower crop establishment percentages, which should mean higher seed rates.
19 October 2022 Husbandry
Winter planting progressing as slug number appear to build
Lower soil temperatures will begin to slow emergence, thus increasing risks from potential pests like crows and slugs.
12 October 2022 Husbandry
Watch: Kildare grain grower makes move to strip till drill
Peter Thomas Keaveney visited Kildare tillage farmer David Weld as he began sowing his winter crops with his new Triton strip till seed drill, the first of two units recently sold in to Ireland.
12 October 2022 Farm machinery
Planting now being interrupted by weather
Planting is now the main task fro many farmers but use weather delays to try and get pre-emerge herbicides applied to sown crop.
5 October 2022 Husbandry