Posted 1/13/2021 08:48 (#8747503 - in reply to #8747165) Subject: RE: Don’t think no-till works
yadayada - 1/13/2021 05:49
I never thought no-till would work in my area (too cold/too wet). So I started with strip-till more than 15 years ago. I struggled to see the change in the soil structure and the soil seemed to be getting denser over time (4-5 years in a row of 6" plus rainfalls once or twice a summer didn't help). And then I started using cover crops across all my acres. The soil opened up and mellowed out and now I don't bother to strip corn stalks ahead of beans and in 2020 no-tilled my first couple fields of corn. Things are changing and most neighbors have been convinced that I'm not giving up on it.
I’m in southern Minnesota too, and I’ve had good luck with rye ahead of soybeans, but haven’t tried any covers ahead of corn. What are you using and what is your timing for planting?
I No tilled a field of corn last year and it yielded right with all my other corn. I’m trying some again this year.