Intensive Canola With Chemfallow/Tillage
Back in the 80s, our rotation was wheat-wheat-summerfallow.
We couldnt grow pulses because of the rocky ground and canola/mustard wasn't an option because of the hot summers.
We did fairly well with this rotation. We got a pretty good wheat crop the first year, usually high protein and then the second year, although yields/quality were a bit lower, it was an ok crop. Then we rested the land for a year and quite a bit of organic material to work back in for the next crop, weeds controlled etc.
I am wondering if a similar rotation could work for canola; i.e. canola-canola-chemfallow/fall tillage
Since there are 3 chemistries and dozens of different genetics in canola to rotate along with breaking the disease cycle with tillage every 3 yrs, I am wondering if this could be an option.
(dont bash me please, but on a small farm, economics and weather are my masters and agronomy sometimes has to be pushed)
Last edited by jazz; 03-19-2017 at 02:48 PM.