Archive for May, 2018

Weird Winter No-Till Results

Friday, May 25th, 2018

After a December with almost no rain, some rain but temperatures in the 80’s in January, then dry and very cold in February, we ended up with a cool, damp May. Today it’s 50 F and rained for a half day and rye crop and cover crops continue to grow. Next week it’s supposed to be in the 90’s. In mid-winter it looked like I’d wouldn’t get much out of the planting but it all turned around. This first picture is mid-winter.

 

The second shows mowing some of the cover crop at the beginning of May to kill the legumes before full bloom to maximize nitrogen gain. Cows were supposed to be doing it but circumstances got in the way. In any case, the no-till planting of cover crop and rye crop had mixed results. Some places had great germination and growth, others almost nothing. Planting a mix of large-seeded bell beans with rye and radish may not have worked well because of the different planting depths needed. Now we’ll see if I can get a harvest out of the rye.