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    What is direct drilling?

    What is direct drilling?

    What are the advantages of direct drilling?

    If it's so good, why doesn't everyone do it?

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    Re: What is direct drilling?

    1. Sowing seed without cultivation (as opposed to one-pass cultivation and drilling)

    2. Advantages are lower power requirement (cf one-pass as above), prompt sowing, little soil disturbance so fewer weeds.Etc etc

    3. Farmers love to cultivate!

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    Re: What is direct drilling?

    It is a genre of crop production that among a hundred other things involves the use of a drill capable of sticking the seed into untilled ground. It is the other 99 constraints that limit its use in the UK which include a more extensive crop rotation, high management and often new investment in mechanisation such as wheel equipment and residue managment, herbicide management, nutrient managment and often the need for starter ferts and the mechanisation that goes with it.........etc.etc
    So you have to be a bit of a head banger to persue it and the folk that do tend to become a bit of a clique who link their ideas with so called conservation agriculture. If you join in you too will start to feel green and enriched and you will start to listen to a crowd of horse whisperers who target you as a direct driller to sell their secret knowledge.

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    Re: What is direct drilling?

    Direct Drilling is the way how farmers used to grow crops before cultivation was practised.

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    Re: What is direct drilling?

    Quote Originally Posted by saltoun View Post
    Direct Drilling is the way how farmers used to grow crops before cultivation was practised.


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    Re: What is direct drilling?

    Direct drilling is a system of establishing crops with minimal soil disturbance. Unfortunately it is far from fool proof and can fail where soil to seed contact is poor.

    Even in Northern or Southern America direct drilling can and does fail. Anyone who has been there has seen it for themselves.

    Direct drilling, like min-till is a system which relies heavily on the conditions. There is limited evidence which suggests there is any agronomic benefit from them, much of the impetus for their introduction stems from the fact wheat was once 60/tonne.

    Those who talk like direct drilling or min-till is some kind of new fangled tool forget that both systems were widely in use in the 80's, when their proponents learned that they are both far from perfect.

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