Monday, 26 May 2014

Sshhh..... I'm under cover

Like a number of growers we've been looking at cover crops on our Denchworth and Hanslope soils.
Sown in early September 2013 conditions were dry and it didn't really rain until early October.... then it just got wetter and wetter.

Oil Radish and Winter Oats on 27th October 2013

February 7th 2014

3 weeks after spraying on the 7th April 2014

7th April 2014.. wet and rough seed bed,
one pass drill with spring oats and then rolled
Decaying cover crop and emerged spring oats
26th May 2014 oats nearly meeting in rows

 The benefits so far are reduced diesel use, better soil structure and less winter soil erosion. Lets see what the combine says in August 2014.

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