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    Spring barley

    Early days but I'm quite pleased with this compared to recent years which have been too dry or too wet and cold resulting in poor germination.
    Sown about 24th April.




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    Re: Spring barley

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    Early days but I'm quite pleased with this compared to recent years which have been too dry or too wet and cold resulting in poor germination.
    Sown about 24th April.



    What was in it beforehand? Do you usually sow earlier then?

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    Re: Spring barley

    That field was sprayed off grass ley.
    Normally aim for first half of April here as there are usually plenty of rabbits and other things attacking it which can spoil significant areas if it isn't growing away fast.

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    Did you use curved guidance on your RTK GPS there 4WD

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    Re: Spring barley

    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    Early days but I'm quite pleased with this compared to recent years which have been too dry or too wet and cold resulting in poor germination.
    Sown about 24th April.



    What drill do
    You run?

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    Re: Spring barley

    It's an ancient Allis Chalmers from a farm sale - about 100 15 years ago
    We only have about 20 acres of arable.

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    Re: Spring barley

    the old ones are the best, so they say

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    Re: Spring barley

    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    It's an ancient Allis Chalmers from a farm sale - about 100 15 years ago
    We only have about 20 acres of arable.
    I had an All-Crop and a 715. The 715 was a decent drill. Plastic seed and fert feeds. Ah, combine drilling - those were the days. Foggy November mornings and it would all gum up by lunchitme. Happy days - NOT.

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    Re: Spring barley

    It may be the 715, I put the fert on before or sometimes after though.
    Never used it to put fertiliser in especially since big bags came along it would be very fiddly.

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    Re: Spring barley

    Quote Originally Posted by no1demonstrator View Post
    What drill do
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    Looks exellent- looks high land from rock outcrop in corner of one photo?

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    Re: Spring barley

    Not terribly high - about 700 feet but it is a cold area especially in spring.
    Most farms round about used to grow a bit of barley or oats, and sometimes turnips maybe a few spuds but seems less and less have any now.
    It did do pretty well this year - the big thing done different was pre-em residual which I hadn't realised was OK on spring barley until reading about it on here.
    But mainly a much better summer with a bit of rain now and then really suited it.
    Loads of excellent straw which is almost more valuable here than the grain.

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    Re: Spring barley

    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    It may be the 715, I put the fert on before or sometimes after though.
    Never used it to put fertiliser in especially since big bags came along it would be very fiddly.
    This is the 715 http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Allis-Chal...item3f1beaa5c9

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    Re: Spring barley

    It's very similar to that anyway, I think the decal stickers are mostly off it.

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    Re: Spring barley

    Quote Originally Posted by 4wd View Post
    Not terribly high - about 700 feet but it is a cold area especially in spring.
    Most farms round about used to grow a bit of barley or oats, and sometimes turnips maybe a few spuds but seems less and less have any now.
    It did do pretty well this year - the big thing done different was pre-em residual which I hadn't realised was OK on spring barley until reading about it on here.
    But mainly a much better summer with a bit of rain now and then really suited it.
    Loads of excellent straw which is almost more valuable here than the grain.
    4WD, I like the comment about the straw, easy to forget when "you" are a stock farm that buying straw can be like burning fivers... All our straw is "free" ie a bloke comes here and bales everything we fill our two straw sheds up his blokes come and haul the rest cost for baling straw he buys is adjusted accordingly..
    can you grow oats?? Away up there? They would potentially give you more straw but is suppose would ripen later
    Big Vern..... Stay low Move faster

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