Posted 2/20/2021 21:11 (#8847602 - in reply to #8847592) Subject: RE: Tillage Fallow vs. Chem Fallow vs. Forage
Eastern Washington State
In my area nearly 50% of the acres are fallow every year. Used to all be tillage fallow, over the past 20 years many (myself included) have switched to no-till chem fallow. The advantages of chem fallow over tillage are significantly reduced erosion (both wind and rain), reduced compaction, improved water infiltration, better soil health, etc. The big advantage tillage has though is consistency. Growers who till can set a moisture line and it will be consistent and well controlled all across the field come seeding time in the fall. There are years when I am very envious of that, but I would NEVER go back to full tillage fallow.
Don't really have any forage in my area. Anything that reduces seed zone moisture availability is a recipe for failure for us. I'd love to find a way to make it work though, fallow is something I like to get away from, but am stuck with for now.