There will be times when a stock mix is just not appropriate for a particular job. There may be good reasons for this and Oakbank are very happy to discuss your requirements and get a bespoke mix done for you.
For Stewardship customers we often find that there are some subtle tweaks that can be made to the prescriptions that will make the mix work better and it can often work out cheaper than the original recipe. Some prescriptions seed rates are still based on the desired outcome, rather than the weight of seed that is ideal to produce a well-balanced crop. You need to give room for the elements to grow well or they will not deliver.
We always ask customers a few questions when they discuss mixtures with us:
What problems are they likely to face on their site(s)?
Pests, Weeds, Wet or Dry, Shady or Full Sun, Height of the plot, poor seedbed
What job would they like the mixture to perform?
Driving, Holding, Feeding, a mixture of these.
Is the site subject to any Scheme rules?
ELS, HLS, CSS
How long would you like the crop to last for?
1 year, 2 years, perennial crop