Welcome to Field Options
Field Options markets a comprehensive range of seeds: Grass mixtures, maize, fodder beet, wholecrop mixtures and forage crops as well as seeds for environmental schemes, green manures, game clover, lawns and sports turf. Grass mixtures are constructed on the basis of technical merit and are exclusive to Field Options.
Milk from Grass
Despite increasing milk prices, the low value of sterling means that as we move into the new season, producing milk as cheaply as possible from grazed grass is still as important as ever. Field Options' Francis Dunne recently spoke at the LIC Pasture to Profit Conference at Worcester Rugby Club. In view of our association with grass breeders in New Zealand, and our trials under grazing conditions in the UK, Francis presented 'Grass Mixture Trials: NZ vs. UK Varieties'. The title of the conference was 'Beyond the Trough', and other subjects covered included business resilience, people management, and some of the latest scientific thinking with regard to dairy farming.
Maize and Fodder Beet
The maize is now all in the clamp, and in retrospect, it has been a very easy autumn. Growers who were not panicked into harvesting early by the good weather in late September and early October will have acheived optimal dry matter and starch production. Leaves stayed green, and there were good sunshine levels even well into the autumn. Rodriguez has again done well with 11.5 MJ/kg DM and 33.8% starch in Favourable Conditions on the 2017 Descriptive List . Fodder Beet harvest is just starting, but with a good growing season and dry conditions, yields should be good, and dirt tare low. Our own strip trials here in Presteigne will be harvested this month and details will follow here.