Farmer Focus: Winter linseed and beans make a return


The autumn drilling marketing campaign marched alongside even higher than harvest, with the brakes solely actually being utilized when it lastly rained on 20 October.

The final little bit might take so long as the majority of it, after lastly getting a wise quantity of rain the opposite weekend and a showery few days since.

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Matt Redman

Farmer Focus author

Matt Redman farms 370ha simply north of Cambridge and operates a contracting enterprise specialising in spraying and direct drilling. He additionally grows cereals on a small space of tenancy land and was Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year in 2014.


With such a dry drilling marketing campaign, and little or no rain right here between harvest and getting began, there was little or no blackgrass or volunteer germination that would come again to chunk us later.

But confidence in leaving all of it till late October previously resulted in burnt fingers and many spring cropping.

My worst blackgrass fields needs to be drilled by now, having left them till the final to be drilled.

This was within the information that if it did turn into too moist then the gate may very well be shut, and they might be spring cropped.

I used to be additionally comfortable that the majority of the farm was drilled, rolled and sprayed in good circumstances and looking out properly going into winter.

This offers me some confidence that the hire and fertiliser invoices for the 12 months shall be coated.

Pre-drilling glyphosate and pre-emergences have been tough, with the fast tempo of drilling, windy circumstances, heat soils and surprisingly fast emergence of crops in some pretty dry seed-beds.

However, seed-beds have been superb, which is able to, hopefully, imply the impact of dry and heat circumstances is mitigated barely.

Chemistry clever, Crystal (flufenacet + pendimethalin) has been the primary pre-emergence herbicide once more this 12 months, though I’ve tried some Luximo (cinmethylin) on the worst blackgrass fields.

All cereals have had Avadex (tri-allate), because it appears to work properly within the blackgrass stack, and on the wild oats and brome beginning to creep in.

Winter linseed is again once more, together with winter beans, however the final minute – in opposition to the plan – dabble into OSR once more was a mistake.

It was too dry, and the forecasted rain by no means got here, so emergence was gradual to non-existent till far too late. It has been redrilled with wheat or winter beans.

The purpose was to have 50/50 wheat and break crop, however there must be some second wheat or barley drilled subsequent 12 months now.