Sainfoin establishment at Daylesford farm
17 May 2016
- Following our April video blog Richard talks us through the establishment of his sainfoin crop in the same 80 acre field at Daylesford organic farm, Gloucestershire.
- Richard's previous blog 'Sainfoin preparations' discussed ploughing and cultivation of the field in preparation for drilling.
- The sainfoin was drilled 1-1.5 inches deep using a combi drill (32 rows over 4 metres).
- This vlog shows the rolling of the sainfoin one day after drilling using 12 metre Cambridge rolls.
- Richard explains that rolling is a crucial step to compacting the ground, which helps to retain moisture and increases the chances of germination.
- After rolling, the ground will be over-sown with native grasses which suppresses weeds and helps the establishment of the crop.
- Once over-sowing is completed the field will be rolled again to further compact the soil.
- Another vlog will follow so stay tuned for more on sainfoin with Richard Smith.