Tillage: Planting at this late stage will leave crops owing you money
Published 27/04/2016 | 02:30
Finally, tillage growers can see some end in sight from a long and difficult spring. Last week saw significant field work completed and this week should effectively finish most of the spring sowing.
As usual the later and more difficult ground that still has to dry out may take a little longer. It is now getting late for sowing most crops and serious consideration should be given, as previously advised, to leaving the more unproductive and difficult land fallow for this season.
Planting a crop at this late stage will inevitably leave the crop owing you money. According to seed trade sources it is likely that spring barley planting will be back mainly due to greater winter crops' sowings, but also because of the difficult spring.
Spring wheat and oats are also back and it appears that the beans acreage will do well to be on a par with 2015.
The late spring and difficult sowing conditions has played havoc with many growers plans in relation to their requirement for three crops.
When completing the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications on behalf of farmers we note that this is leaving farmers in difficulty for the three crop rule requirement. This now requires a complete re-think in some cases.
Thankfully farmers remain resilient and can re-adjust their plans to satisfy this obligation. If you have to change your crop plan make sure you discuss with your advisor before sowing is completed. Fallow can be used as a crop and this may suffice in many cases.
Should another crop type be required there are still other options. If your intention was to reseed part of your land you might now consider arable silage as an option as well as the re-seeding.