Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Hillsboro Oregon
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Mudding crops in. No-till vs. tillage?
Looks like we will be faced with a very wet and late spring here......again.
All of our open ground is sitting just as it did when the combine left it last august. The crimson clover fields have nearly zero residue left on top as the earth worms have taken it all below. The wheat fields have the standing stubble left, but the chaff and short stem pieces have all been taken below with the worms.
So now I'm faced with trying to get a crop in with heavy equipment, on soil that has set up so nicely for a drier or average year I've pulled all the ballast off, including liquid, but still, I'll be making a mess on the first field or two.
What would you do nutrient wise or otherwise, to help mitigate the damage caused by the heavy tractor this spring, planting in a no-till fashion? Would you plan on some tillage following this crop? If so, what kind? A low disturbance ripper, or a full on disk ripper?
A couple of conditions for here. We do not freeze up in the winter here. I am only an hour drive from the pacific ocean. 200' elevation. Our winters are long and wet. Up to 4' of rain, but that happens in a constant, light rain and fog. Weeks go by without seeing the sun and the soils stay saturated or over saturated, nearing anaerobic conditions in the low areas for weeks at a time.
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