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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 7:41 pm 
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Metaldehyde is obviously a hot topic, and it's life looks like it could be coming to an end in the maybe not too distant future.
Today I have Anglian Water come and talk to me about trying Ferric Sulphate as it does not cause problems being removed or cleaned from drinking water.
I have just one single fifteen hectare field right on the boundary of catchment for one of their reservoirs. There's probably another three, four or five thousand hectares also draining in. Mine doesn't even totally drain into Anglian Water. Some goes West to Severn Trent.
The metaldehyde test results have been too high each autumn for the last few years.
So this year, myself, and EVERY other farmer in the catch zone have been offered a deal. All have signed up. Except for one!
In return for a base payment of £250, and an area payment of £15/ ha I have signed up not to use metaldehyde on this 15 hectare field. But ferric sulphate instead.
I'm happy to to play my (small) part in this interesting experiment. And hats off to Anglian Water for their thinking. I look forward to seeing how my field of wheat will get away this autumn.
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No wonder my water bill is so high.






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Sounds like a win/win.
Why won't Clive sign up?

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NQIT wrote:
No wonder my water bill is so high.






:)
Sounds like a win/win.
Why won't Clive sign up?


Clive doesn't get any slugs. How else would he achieve 15t/Ha?



And that's in his Oats!

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Raggy wrote:
NQIT wrote:
No wonder my water bill is so high.






:)
Sounds like a win/win.
Why won't Clive sign up?


Clive doesn't get any slugs. How else would he achieve 15t/Ha?



And that's in his Oats!


You're thinking of Bongo's mate on blowing Suffik sand. And that's his OSR.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:36 am 
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NQIT wrote:
Raggy wrote:
NQIT wrote:
No wonder my water bill is so high.






:)
Sounds like a win/win.
Why won't Clive sign up?


Clive doesn't get any slugs. How else would he achieve 15t/Ha?



And that's in his Oats!


You're thinking of Bongo's mate on blowing Suffik sand. And that's his OSR.


Nah! That's just his Linseed.................... :roll:

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:19 pm 
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Coltheox wrote:
NQIT wrote:
Raggy wrote:
NQIT wrote:
No wonder my water bill is so high.






:)
Sounds like a win/win.
Why won't Clive sign up?


Clive doesn't get any slugs. How else would he achieve 15t/Ha?



And that's in his Oats!


You're thinking of Bongo's mate on blowing Suffik sand. And that's his OSR.


Nah! That's just his Linseed.................... :roll:


Yes, it was spring linseed, drilled after a decent crop of early vining peas, on 14th June

That said, several fields of forage rye have just been cleared by Mr Suggitt. Early indications are that they took 25 tonne/ha fresh yield....and most of that was black grass :P

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2015 10:21 pm 
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Raggy, I'd drill early at a reasonably high seed rate if I were you. You can always run a harrow through it in the spring.

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