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My Farming Week - Robert Yardley, Cheshire

Robert Yardley farms 255 hectares (630 acres) of combinable crops in North Cheshire with J. B. and J Kay Ltd.

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Crops: Spring cropping finally went in and in good order, albeit a bit late. Having performed well last year, we again decided to opt for Mulika this year.


This has now received all its first dose of liquid nitrogen, and its fungicide and growth regulator application.


After experimenting with numerous cover crops last autumn and various methods of establishment, brown and white mustard appear to have performed the best alongside Kings Vitality mix.


We decided the rye and vetch mix could be further improved, possibly with a more diversified cropping choice in the mix.


Skyfall winter wheat has now received its third dose of N at 55kg/ha. Hopefully, by the time this goes to print T2s will have been applied and in good order, weather permitting.


The only question which remains now is – can we achieve the yields of last year?


Drainage: With all spraying up to date, our attention now turns towards drainage.


Having taken this operation back in house two years ago with the purchase of an ATF drainer, it now gives us the flexibility to investigate and resolve even the smallest of problems.


Grain store outloads have increased these last weeks, keeping us busy, as ADM have decided to begin emptying the oilseed rape and group 1 and 3 milling wheat stores.


This week the evenings have been spent packing boxes as I prepare to move house and location.


Packing: It has amazed me how much stuff I have accumulated, most being farming publications and handouts from shows.


I think to myself ‘I am sure there must have been a reason I kept it’. No doubt a useful article, but nine months down the line it still has not been of any use and so it joined the rest on the fire.


I also attended the Amatechnica event this week on behalf of Tillage Magazine.


Event: Launched by Amazone, the event was held at their new education and training premises near Doncaster.


It was great to see some of the latest precision farming tools before their official release at Cereals 2016.


As the third year of my part-time degree draws to a close, two exams remain as the summer beckons. So with my head buried in the books revising, may I wish everyone a safe and successful harvest 2016.

 


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