Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

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Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by Coltheox » Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:49 pm

It has certainly been a somewhat difficult autumn for getting the seed in the ground, or getting anything out of it as well.

What wheat or barley has been drilled is just emerging, although really early drilled stuff looks quite advanced. There has been some good looking seedbeds despite the wet. There appears to be a lot more land untouched this year than last year.

The weather 'always pays it's debt' as my father used to say, and he was right. We are making up for a dry winter last year.

Lots of sugar beet harvested, but lots left to do. It will all be done in the end, but if the unsettled weather continues I doubt there will be as much winter corn drilled this year.
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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by footsfitter » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:29 pm

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Getting desperate, last outing was over 6-7 years ago. They have run out of light land on the chalk so are now on the london clay and since last thursday have managed to limp on with the Vaddy, but today it was retro day with the Howard/Nordsten, bought for a pittance 20+ years ago to get us out of a very wet spud season.

Should be getting the new Kockerling Jockey drill next week, should be able to make progress with that when the vaddy won't. Ought to be able to put the beans in with it too.
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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by Tel » Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:56 pm

Coltheox wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:49 pm
It has certainly been a somewhat difficult autumn for getting the seed in the ground, or getting anything out of it as well.

What wheat or barley has been drilled is just emerging, although really early drilled stuff looks quite advanced. There has been some good looking seedbeds despite the wet. There appears to be a lot more land untouched this year than last year.

The weather 'always pays it's debt' as my father used to say, and he was right. We are making up for a dry winter last year.

Lots of sugar beet harvested, but lots left to do. It will all be done in the end, but if the unsettled weather continues I doubt there will be as much winter corn drilled this year.
Col your ability to state the obvious is amazing,

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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by Coltheox » Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:07 am

Tel wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:56 pm
Coltheox wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:49 pm
It has certainly been a somewhat difficult autumn for getting the seed in the ground, or getting anything out of it as well.

What wheat or barley has been drilled is just emerging, although really early drilled stuff looks quite advanced. There has been some good looking seedbeds despite the wet. There appears to be a lot more land untouched this year than last year.

The weather 'always pays it's debt' as my father used to say, and he was right. We are making up for a dry winter last year.

Lots of sugar beet harvested, but lots left to do. It will all be done in the end, but if the unsettled weather continues I doubt there will be as much winter corn drilled this year.
Col your ability to state the obvious is amazing,
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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by The Pretender » Thu Nov 07, 2019 9:21 pm

Never say never, but I'm not expecting to do much more drilling this year
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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by 6920s pilot » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:50 pm

110 ac of wheat drilled out of approx 700. Only 20 ac of that has been pre-em'd so the rest will probably be swamped in blackgrass.
Shed full of dressed seed with nowhere to go. It'll take some sort of miracle to drill anything else before March :(
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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by Tel » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:03 pm

250 ha of wheat drilled, none sprayed yet, about 100 ha less than planned.
No barley in the ground, very few of the potato fields will end up in wheat so the spring barley area is now around 300 ha.

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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by footsfitter » Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:33 pm

Tel wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:03 pm
250 ha of wheat drilled, none sprayed yet, about 100 ha less than planned.
No barley in the ground, very few of the potato fields will end up in wheat so the spring barley area is now around 300 ha.
Thought it was great when Janaways dug the spuds early here for once, by the time there was seed available the wet weather pattern had already ruled out the heavy ground and this year it was sods law to have 80% of them there.
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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by dust n diesel » Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:37 am

Mates have all planted everything they wanted and needed to. And sprayed it. Rarity.
Please sir, can I have some more?

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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by footsfitter » Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:29 pm

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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by dust n diesel » Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:49 pm

Why are they ploughing round and round?
Please sir, can I have some more?

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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by The Squire » Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:33 pm

footsfitter wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:29 pm
https://youtu.be/S0qG7RPMiws
Strewth ... that's dry! :o

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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by footsfitter » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:33 pm

dust n diesel wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 7:49 pm
Why are they ploughing round and round?
He's the combine/sprayer operator- maybe its more "natural"?

They were going like the clappers trying to get that particular field/corner done before the heavy rain forecast for midday and while I was tinkering with the drill he got a move on to get some brown side up PDQ. The two of them sort of keep tramlines much in the same place after having sussed the best way seeing as they do nearly all the fieldwork between drillings.


This was the same corner in 2007......

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Theres a big ditch behind where I stood, the railway embankment on one side and up the top of the brow is a 200yd square area they tip hoss dung- not sure if thats what makes it so podgey and wet underneath but it can be like quicksand- once you have broke the surface your stuffed. Its loam/london clay which caps like mad and then runs off into huge puddles if it can.
Used to be a big layers chicken farm, the two brothers who own it fell out, they split the farms, this one married a Hossy woman who commandeered the best couple of fields, we rent/farm the rest and he has a business buying in eggs, pickled eggs and other pub type snack stuff that 5-6 sprinter vans deliver around to pubs inside of the M25!

Only other thing about the place is its next door to the duke of wellingtons estate which given the shooting they do ought to make it the last place you'd expect to see red kites, buzzards and loads of smaller birds of prey. Most kites and buzzards following the drillman some years ago was 30+! Absolutely crawling with them
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Re: Autumn 2019 / Spring 2020

Post by footsfitter » Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:36 pm

The Squire wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:33 pm
footsfitter wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 10:29 pm
https://youtu.be/S0qG7RPMiws
Strewth ... that's dry! :o
Have to find somewhere else tomorrow. Luckily they held back on stubble cultivations. Have 2 fields of rape stubble they are eyeing up although it might be a bit too many soft spots from spuds 3-4 years ago still.

Seeds are germinating and getting away, not brilliant but could be worse as they say.
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