Time Your Planting Window Correctly for No-Till

March 7, 2016 09:01 AM
Time Your Planting Window Correctly for No-Till

"No-till and strip-till can be very successful in many areas," says Farm Journal Field Agronomist Ken Ferrie. "But they must be managed as systems. That requires planning and preparation before you transition into them."

Besides the things mentioned in the story, consider how your planting window will change in a no-till system. You may have fewer days to plant because you must wait for soil to dry out. That might require a bigger planter.
"Moving some fields from no-till to strip-till may help," Ferrie says. "You may be able to plant strip-till fields while your no-till fields are drying out. You can mix and match systems, as long as they all work together."
Understand the limitations or opportunities created by your location. "No-tilling or strip-tilling continuous corn is easier in the South than in the North, because warmer weather allows soil organisms to decompose more old crop residue," Ferrie says.
When switching to continuous corn, you must think through not only how to manage soil density changes (see story) but early-season nitrogen management, insects and diseases, residue management, soil preparation and timeliness of planting and harvest. Considering every aspect of the system before making changes will keep you on the road to high yield.




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Aberdeen, SD
3/7/2016 06:41 PM

  I agree with Stanton, get those planters rolling on beans and corn as soon as the soil temp. is good. Who's this Ken Ferrie guy? I question his ideas in this article. Ground grinders... lol, that's a good one Stanton!

Oblong, IL
3/7/2016 09:41 AM

  Start your bean planter and corn planter the same day, and you'll out yield the conventional ground grinders and beat them done also!

Langford, SD
3/7/2016 07:45 PM

  you say start them at the same time why..... most of our problems come from planting to early not to late. you say get them going at the same time but thats not the case i plant above 50 degrees and im northeren sd and i also plant at the optimal moisture and that 30 % now ask yourself why... germanation is perfect at that level. you want to plant at the right time buy a field data manager and it will change the way you farm and run your pivots. call the boys at intillifarms northern division they blow your mind with knowlage i know it changed the way we farmed for the better 6054485055


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