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Posted 11/17/2012 14:18 (#2702303 - in reply to #2702199)
Subject: Re: soil structure and health

SW MN and Gold Canyon AZ
CRJ one can say the same thing about farms that do not have tile. Its a proven fact that a well tiled farm has less surface runoff then a non tiled farm. So if I use minimum tillage and pattern tile vs a notiller that doesn;t have tile which one is more guilty of runoff?
I live in an area in SW mn that sits on a ridge and also has heavy clay soils. We are 5 to 10 degrees cooler than sioux falls or sioux city. Those areas can notill we can;t. Yes I have tried it, very tough to manage notill under our conditions and still maintain yield. You have to LIVE HERE to understand. I also run manure over most of my soybean ground ahead of corn. The custom operators have disc covering equipment thus I have to field cultivate those acres in the spring for a seed bed and to also spread out the nutrients. How would you no till that?? Then after the corn comes off don;t you think I need to rip the compaction caused by the heavy tanks the fall before?? What about the tons and tons of corn stalks I have from the manure application?? Just leave them on top?? The ground would never dry out in the spring for planting on time. We have a hard enough time getting it to dry out if its worked.
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