Aftergrass needs a sunny spell to thrive
Published 12/08/2015 | 02:30
The next job on the agenda is reseeding. I picked a field that has the oldest grass on the farm. Even though it is one of the nearest fields to the farmyard, we never got the chance to reseed it and there always seem to be stock in it.
Usually when we reseed a field we do a few jobs like fencing, drainage, maybe a new drinking trough, or just a general tidy up on the field. This time it will be a straight forward reseeding job as the field is fine otherwise. I have decided to direct drill.
I have my own machinery for conventional reseeding but this field is so level I would hate to rip it up. I have it grazed bare with the dry ewes and hope to spray it this week if we get a fine day.
The last time I tried the direct drill option I ran into two problems. One was dry weather after sowing the seeds; the other were the slugs, but this year I intend to spread plenty of slug pellets.
I will sow the grass at a bag and a quarter per acre as I think one bag is a bit light. The fertility is not bad so maybe two bags of 18-6-12 will do at sowing.
After this, most of the farm will have been reseeded and from now on I will just pick the worst producing field to reseed regardless of when it was sown.
The topper has just two more fields to tidy up and that will be it for the year.
I think it might be time to start building up some grass for the autumn. The after-grass was coming into the system nicely. But after a cold July grass is not growing like it should be for midsummer.