CAP proposals stir debate, says Philip Reck

The new CAP proposals are causing some debate here in Ireland. Stringent new rules on crop rotation would mean that farmers have to grow three different crops. The main concern is that The EU Commission may classify barley, wheat and oats as one crop, leaving tillage farmers growing break crops that they may not have a market for.

The 2004 Bredal trailed spreader has undergone a complete refurbishment and a new coat of paint. I looked at other trailed spreaders on the market but with a stainless steel hopper and a capacity of 10t it was hard to find a suitable replacement.

While doing this, I also made some improvements. I have raised the clearance of the disc to improve the overlap over wider widths like 30m and installed a novel tilting headland spreading system that I’m sure is a first for a trailed machine. The spreader looks like new and will easily complete another eight seasons.

Winter wheat and oats are growing well in the mild autumn weather. The JB Diego has been sprayed with Bacara (diflufenican + flurtamone) and IPU (isoproturon) with added cypermethrin for aphid control. The Husky and Mascani oats were also sprayed with Bacara and cypermethrin.

This year will also see a field of continuous wheat grown. It’s been some time since I’ve done this and the crop will need to surpass spring barley margins if a larger acreage is to be grown. This yield will be compared to wheat after a break of oats.

Finally, I’m looking forward to travelling to the Agritechnica machinery show in Germany this month. A hundred acres of machinery stands certainly sounds like a lot of walking. This will be the place to see the innovations that we will be present in the fields in the next few years.

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