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  1. Wet summer brings about early flush of black-grass - but beware an extended flush - Dick Neale

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    Black-grass will most likely have mixed dormancy this seasonjpgBe aware that recent wet weather could induce an early germination of black-grass - but this will only be a proportion of total numbers- so plan for early and later flushes this season, warns Dick Neale of Hutchinsons.

    Black-grass has two main flushes, usually in the third week of Sept and the second week of Oct, so the aim is to drill after the black-grass has germinated and been sprayed off.

  2. How to approach stubble management after harvest – Farmers Weekly – Dick Neale

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    Dick_Neale0217Unless you are one of a growing number of no-tillers or you plough every year, it is difficult to be prescriptive when it comes to post-harvest cultivation strategy.

    There is residue management to consider, the potential requirement of remedial work on soil structure, as well as trying to get the perfect seed-bed prepared for the next crop.

    However, with many farms grappling with problem weeds – particularly grassweeds – correct identification and understanding of the biology of each species is vital in order to adapt stubble management strategy to each situation.

  3. Drill to the Soil - Tillage Magazine - Dick Neale

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    Dick-Neale“It's worth remembering that all drills come factory set” Dick Neale, Hutchinsons.

    At a recent Farmacy open day at Redhouse Farm, Waddingworth, Lincolnshire, Dick Neale spent some time explaining the subtleties of direct drilling. Andy Newbold went along to find out more.

    Dick explained how the topsoil changes from the first year of direct drilling through subsequent seasons and how the grower's approach should reflect these changes.

  4. Building Healthier Soils Within an Intensive Rotation

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    A Shropshire estate is determined to show soil health can be improved within an intensive root-cropping rotation as it strives to bolster its environmental and financial sustainability.

    The 350ha Isle Estate on the banks of the River Severn northwest of Shrewsbury has been owned by the same family since the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and its current lifetime tenant and trustee Edward Tate is eager to secure a sustainable future for the farm.