Posted 2/21/2021 15:55 (#8849104 - in reply to #8848426) Subject: RE: Seems exciting
In the bigger picture, I am confused by the entire process.
We are supposed to be tucking away carbon now. But isn’t that more or less tying up nitrogen? I want that for my crops, not locked away in the dirt.
I have enough problems with K getting kicked up in my soils. Thousands of lbs there, and I have a hard time getting 100# pried away for the crop.
Then we should be adding soil biology, lots of products. Basically a lot of fungus.
But we all should be spraying a fungicide, or a couple passes, on corn and beans to kill off those nasty fungus attacking our crops.
We need to use cover crops, and inter-seed them, but we need to use overlapping residual herbicides to combat weed pressure.
We shouldn’t do tillage the dirt should become mellow and stop erosion and nutrient loss. But then we need weight racks on the planters to get in the ground, and the earthworms and tap roots stir up the soil so much that more N leaks into tile lines than with tillage.
I’m going to have to get a bigger hammer to fit all those square pegs into the round holes!
Mostly in fun, but I do scratch my head sometimes.