#1 Profit Fact
Drilling continuous wheat from Nov 5th-15th can give maximum net farm profits from combinable crops, by a large margin
Why ? What yields do we expect ?
AHDB figures for late sown wheat (defined as Nov15th – Jan 31st) average just 8% less than standard autumn drilling dates and this includes January sown wheats ! Nov 5th-15th is not even late by these credentials.
Why not drill earlier ?
Dormancy of Blackgrass seed, Take-All, Bydv, slugs, septoria, eyespot, brome, rye grass, blw… are all prolific in the early autumn.
Also, Herbicide needs damp soil (vital in continuous wheat to get 98% bgrass control).
Crucially, drilling late allows time to make a number of false seed beds to wipe out grass weeds.
Why not drill later?
Drilling later is valid but not necessary and yield will slowly reduce from later drillings.
My light land won’t grow 2nd wheats.. ?
Light land suffers from higher takeall levels. But, If the moisture and nutrient is in the field and the TakeAll levels are reduced then the roots will be healthy enough to carry subsequent wheats much better. By the use of AminoA Flo or AminoA Blazt the roots and the whole plant physiology may be boosted to give remarkable yields on light land.
My heavy land can’t be drilled after mid October.. ?
To date, No heavy soil has prevented a Triton seed drill from carrying out fully effective drilling in any weather. Stubble management must be carried out in accordance with Triton seed drills recommendations after which the Triton can drill at will.
At time of going to press milling wheat is worth 35% more than feed Barley and is higher yielding. Wall to wall wheat gives maximum profit when some rotations are actually losing money. In many instances a Triton has paid for itself by drilling just one field of late wheat, in just one year..
In summary, by drilling in November most yield robbing factors are dramatically reduced and yields are still high. TakeAll is neither created nor multiplied by Nov drillings so all the wheats perform close to their full potential. Inputs such as fungicide and herbicide can also be dramatically reduced in time, by tayloring to the historic weed seed expectancy of each field.
So, whether you add a Triton to your existing line up of drills, or whether you use a Triton as the sole establishment tool, there is no simpler way to boost the farm output.