Early April Crop UpdateApril 9, 2017 6:26 pm
In fact, the rape has grown so quickly, I had to make linkage extensions for the fertiliser spreader to lift it up. Even with the tractor on larger diameter skinny wheels, the height wasn’t enough so I ended up lifting the spinner by an extra 300mm and tilting it forward to get the perfect spreading pattern.
We started drilling rape in last week of August and finished in the third week of September last year. It’s thickened out nicely and is looking extremely promising, particularly on one field which got badly battered by flea beetles within weeks of seeding. It just goes to prove that high seed rates in not everything. Ironically, I nearly gave up on that field and started again; I’m glad that I didn’t as it is looking to be one of my best fields this year. I’m sure that the extra light and the excellent soil structure have more made up for the flea beetle damage. I look forward to seeing how it yields compared to the other fields. It may just prove the theory that lower rates are the way to go!
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