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Re: What harvest machine will they invent next?

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Greg K

01-12-2013 08:56:20
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There has been talk of trying to genetically modify corn so that it is a perennial plant and then harvest off of the same plant repeatedly. It would save planting and tillage in some areas, but require a different method of harvest.




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Dr. Ed

01-12-2013 10:27:41
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 Re: What harvest machine will they invent next? in reply to Greg K, 01-12-2013 08:56:20  
Cotton used to be grown that way as it is a true perennial. Problem was the boll weevil and the pink boll worm loved it as they could over-winter in the live plant and have a head start the next year. Nowadays it is state law in every cotton producing state that the cotton stalks (still live plants) must be "plowed down" i.e roots pulled loose and killed, by mid winter. This law really helped with plant borne diseases and insects.

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Greg K

01-12-2013 10:44:24
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 Re: What harvest machine will they invent next? in reply to Dr. Ed, 01-12-2013 10:27:41  
That makes sense. Seems like for every "improvement" there are 2 more problems that pop up. That is an interesting fact that I had no idea of.



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Greg K

01-12-2013 09:45:35
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 Re: What harvest machine will they invent next? in reply to Greg K, 01-12-2013 08:56:20  
I don't know why it posted 3 times.



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Ralphwd45

01-12-2013 19:32:45
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 Re: What harvest machine will they invent next? in reply to Greg K, 01-12-2013 09:45:35  
I think I know why it posted 3 times Greg! It has been so ungodly slow to post for me, that I forget that I clicked once, and come back from the kitchen with a cup of coffee, and click again, or maybe the bathroom.I sent Kim a message several days ago, about this, and have had no answer. No problems with the cattle forun, or Ford truck forum.



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