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It finally looks like there is a dry spell of 5-6 days starting tomorrow with some good temperatures and drying breeze. Soil temperatures are still low so don’t use this window to plant maize at the expense of making grass silage, good quality grass silage is essential so that takes priority, ideally pull in extra labour and do both at the same time (sorry, we’re both already booked out!!) Grass crops are surprisingly heavy on the majority of ley grass crops even where little or no nitrogen was applied so these need to come off in the next week to make 11-11.5 ME silage. We haven’t seen a great number of grass samples but the ones we have all suggest crops are safe to cut. Old leys and perm

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