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Spring Planting begins!

We began planting spring wheat this week.  The light isn’t the best, but you can click on the photo to enlarge it. The tractor in the background is planting with our John Deere air seeder. The spring wheat seed and fertilizer contained in the yellow air cart is moved through tubes and hoses via air pressure to the 56 ft wide planter that places the seeds and fertilizer in the soil.  The smaller tractor in the foreground is pulling a roller harrow to size last year’s crop residue so that we don’t plug up the planter in the heavy residue. It isn’t always easy planting into the previous crop’s residue in the spring but the alternatives of tillage or stubble burning harm soil health which increases erosion and decreases crop yields when the heat of summer arrives.  Check back in a few days and we will have a video of planting posted.

 

Landowners, if you like your soil you can keep your soil…Period.

Here are a couple of fields we planted last fall.  What do they have in common?  We planted into residue rather than burning, we minimized soil disturbance, and we use a diverse mix of cereal grains, canola,  perennial and annual legumes to build soil health to prevent erosion.  The first two pictures are of winter wheat planted back into standing stubble.  Steep slopes but zero erosion.  The third picture is of winter wheat planted into green pea residue.  Some standing water but no running brown water indicating the water is infiltrating even frozen soil and is not moving soil particles out of the field into the road.

  

By |March 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Burning stubble and poor soil health = Erosion

These photos are from all over the Camas Prairie.   February has been a wet month with melting snows and heavy rains.  What do these fields have in common?  Fall burning to remove residue prior to planting, intensive tillage in the system in prior years, or a mono culture rotation of continuous wheat all of which degrade soil health.  Most important they are not our fields!

By |March 8th, 2014|Uncategorized|3 Comments

Quitting Time: Harvest 2013

By |March 3rd, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

  This is a picture of winter wheat last fall before the snow and cold temperatures arrived.

By |February 7th, 2014|Uncategorized|3 Comments

2013 In The Bag!

Our slider contains photos from this summer.  I will be updating the text with the photo to better explain each photo.  As nice as it has been this week, we will try to get some photos to the website showing the newly planted winter wheat crop.

Nate

By |November 12th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments