Posted 5/23/2020 17:42 (#8275711 - in reply to #8275130) Subject: RE: Tillage thoughts
I should have taken pics now but scouting my own crops this evening and had rain chasing us. I would really encourage you to consider chasing the combine with a drill and planting cereal rye. If you have reasonable rain in fall broadcast is a poor man's option, too. . I really like our 5400 caseIH with the coulter cart in front. You get a little VT action with roots from the rye to hold the soil. And having something growing enhances biological activity. This isn't foo foo talk, just things I've observed over the past few years and corn residue is reduced at planting. Today corn on bean ground with and without covers (in my onfarm trials) showed 100% emergence in the cover strips and still corn spiking out of the ground on the non cover strips. Rye didn't get big this year but something is going on. Has not translated to economic return BUT the rye and drill pass is no more expensive than a tillage pass. VT rigs are $50-80,000 and the 15' drill was only $12,000.... And pulls easily.