since you solicited OPINIONS, ill give you a few more. first it appears your equiping your self with the equipment to do full till farming. this in my OPINION is a mistake. for a number of reasons but heres a few.first and formost is simply the weather.global warming or no,we are just entering a cyclic period of increased sun activity.this alone if it follows the historical patterns will make drought and prolonged periods of heat more likely. in this instance,again historically, the folks better equiped to deal with drought conditions are the ones most likely to prosper. no till or a min till regime,in this case becomes the more viable of your options in lots of cases.when you also figure in the current dust and polution laws going on the books,increased water usage restrictions, etc etc ,it Again my opinion makes no till a no brainer in most areas. I foresee, crop prices staying high for the near future,simply because of the gov mandates for increasing ethanol production, ethanol producers no longer having the gov subsidies, and things.but the input cost of everything is going to go up next year simply because of demand on seed stocks, fertilizer costs, and that all important fuel cost.i predict far more water rationing laws and maybe even gov restrictions on the amount of water available for irrigating.
in many ways starting now is not bad,simply because you have a chance to make some real money for the first time in a long time, but in others its also a bad time to get started on the wrong foot. I personaly,again MY OWN opinion , if i were a young person starting today ,wouldnt even consider anything but going no-till. i would park all the equipment i had on the back forty and simply buy equipment that i thought would remain viable at least into the near future. remember also that with increased incomes on farms , the chances of increased gov control goes way up,simply because they think of ways to simply get their hand in the pot. the epa is already trying to enact laws that are somewhat restrictive and show no signs of being reined in.that fact alone makes more modern and adaptable equipment, a better choice for the future. water and its use is already becoming a huge political issue.and the fact that most folks would rather see a green lawn than food on their table that they dont know where comes from doesnt bode well for the future of irrigation. my advice would be to start up right, and keep at it if it is at all possible to do in your area. Again these are my opinions,and do not in anyway reflect the opinions of the management!