Thursday, 12 August 2010


It's still cracking the flags with temperatures in the mid to high 30's and no sign of any respite anytime soon.

We start drilling oilseed rape next week.

Seedbeds will be bone dry but that doesn't worry me, I've grown loads of rape in these conditions, the seed just sits there until it does rain when it absolutely shoot out of the ground. The trick is not to be tempted to sow it deep in the vain hope of trying to find non existent moisture. Better to be too shallow and wait for rain than too deep and achieving patchy emergence.

I’m going for low seed rates this year and will be aiming for 50ppm from the start and will stop drilling by the 15th September regardless. Anything after this date always does pants.