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First year farming and would like advice

Started by Zachary P Green. Last reply by Joel Barickman Mar 23. 5 Replies

This is my first year farming and i am no-tilling my beans into 15" rows. I would like some advice of how i could get some good yield for my first year of farming after school. I would like to know…Continue

Aeration...

Started by Frank Sparks. Last reply by Frank Sparks Jun 10, 2013. 8 Replies

I got on here to see what I could learn from the rest of you people on this subject.   Does anyone use an aeration tool for crop or hay ground?  What kind, do you think it is good or bad?  In a no…Continue

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Started by Joanne Jones Sep 6, 2012. 0 Replies

The annual National No-Tillage Conference has been educating no-tillers for more than two decades! It offers nearly 100 cutting-edge, money-making sessions over 4 days, delivering insightful learning…Continue

No-Till conference.

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Comment by Mauricio L. Torres on December 12, 2012 at 1:21pm

Hi Matt, for financial reasons sow having good results, barley and oats in a state of pin is cut with agrochemical drying cycle, with this two crops achieve even increase the population of Lumbricus spp by 50% in the last 10 years, including increased MO, structure etc. if any complications tube years of lack of water as these crops left me unable to sow bar does have rain, it taught me that years with low rainfall had to dry before cultivation

Comment by Michael on December 11, 2012 at 9:20pm

Rye and radish would work well after soybeans, if you have enough moisture.  Corn I wouldn't waste your money with the radish because its too late and will not get growth before a freeze, just so straight rye.  If you ever plant wheat a good soil builder is sorghum sudan, alot of tons of biomass and also a good root system.

Comment by Matt Weemhoff on December 11, 2012 at 7:17pm

i'm wanting to build up my organic matter in my soils, what are the best cover crops to help me with this? i was thinking about using radishes and rye but i'm open to all suggestions. also, when is it best to plant them? i understand right after wheat harvest, but what cover crops can i use after soybean and corn harvest? i HATE seeing bare soil being exposed to the high wind we have all year round here.

Comment by Michael on November 11, 2012 at 3:59pm

Posted some pictures of no-tilled wheat and conventional tilled wheat.  I am really learning more and more how no-till farming is just better moisture management, especially in the dry years.  I hope everyone has a great rest of 2012 and has an even better 2013!

Comment by Mauricio L. Torres on July 16, 2012 at 9:16am

Hi all, I am a farmer in Argentina and more than 18 years work with tillage or tillage 0, and I would like to share information and experience.

Comment by Michael on February 20, 2012 at 3:05pm

Well I am pretty anti till of any sort, but my neighbor who used a GP turbo till did that ahead of wheat, and got alot of rill erosion on his land.  I also was thinking how he destroyed alot of microbial life and fungal life by the disturbance that the turbo till did.  His land seemed to crust and not take as much moisture as my wheat field right across the fence.  But that is just my observations on my clay and silt loam fields.  Your soil may be different.

Comment by Nick on February 6, 2012 at 6:22pm

Michael, We only do the shallow VT every 3-4 years in front of the beans, the other years are no-till and strip-till. Running the strip-till across the bean fields doesn't seem any different this year? You think one year of shallow vt will be negative?

Comment by Michael on February 6, 2012 at 5:45pm

I think that the quick increase in yeild was the organic matter that was burnt up from the tillage.  You see a quick yield bump from shallow disking too, but the shallow tillage does have a negative impact on soil sturcture, which is one of the key factors that makes no-till work. 

Comment by Nick on December 18, 2011 at 10:42am

Jonathan, we do the same on our beans. We have been no-till for several years, but trials the last year or two, showed us a yield increase on a shallow vertical tillage in front of the drill. We got a 5-10 bushel bump by putting the P in the ground and chopping up some corn stalks that usually blow together in the winter. On our sandier soils this might be a challenge, and we might have to live with the no-till? Time will tell....

Comment by Jonathan Dansel on December 16, 2011 at 6:51pm

I was going through some pictures from last year for my seed dearlership website and came across this so i had to share...we just got into no-till about 3 years ago but when you look at this picture with a solid thatch of wheat stubble from 2009 still, and corn residue from 2010, the summer heat in 2011 didn't rob near the moisture from this field as something with tilled, sitting there baking out the moisture all summer.  It was pretty amazing, it was black underneath that mess clear until September...I must admit, i committed the cardinal sin of no-tillers right before i drilled it...I turbo-tilled it to shatter up the 2" crust so i could penetrate good.  I didn't want to but my new 20ft no-till drill just didn't have the lead in it's shorts to get in and stay consistant.  The soil is really heavy, so when we went about 4 weeks with zero rain it set up like concrete underneat the residue even, under the 2" crust it was really wet, it was just a matter of being able to get through it...after much second guessing the operation, i got one heck of a stand and many of the neighbors didn't, no-tillers and conventional guys alike so i feel i did the right thing for the situation.

 

 

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