Strip Tillage for beet with a cover crop

DSC_2003Apart from just strip tilling stubbles ready for beet in the spring we are trying the option of planting a cover crop first then strip tilling through the cover crop as a second operation.  We are banking on the cover crop adding the soil stability in the strip tilled rows over the winter.

Some pictures showing a mix of peas/linseed/radish and oats Autumn-17

 

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After only 2.8mm this wet weekend does rainfall looks a problem this year?

After a damp but disappointing rainfall over the weekend (14th June) I had a look back at this year’s total rainfall in comparison to where we were this time last June.  Slightly worried to see that we are some 85mm short with the next few weeks forecast set to high pressure !  Looks as if we are about to see if better soil structure actually does hold more water although I’d prefer not to test the principle in practice !

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec TOT
2014 71.0 61.2 14.6 13.0 72.8 20.6 91.8 55.4 13.2 62.2 84.8 41.0 601.7
2015 53.4 26.6 20.4 25.4 41.6 1.6 169.0
MIN 53.4 26.6 14.6 13.0 41.6 1.6 39.8 46.8 13.2 57.2 8.8 41.0 601.7
MAX 71.0 61.2 20.4 25.4 72.8 20.6 91.8 55.4 30.8 62.2 84.8 45.3 601.7
AVG 62.2 43.9 17.5 19.2 57.2 11.1 65.8 51.1 22.0 59.7 46.8 43.2 601.7