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Discussion Board - Re: Diagnosing lousy stand

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08-29-2013 08:30:38

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I'm probably going to have to deal with some amount of stones in the soil. Maybe with all that oat money I'll be able to buy a rock picker.

Aside from that, what do you think would give the most bang/buck in terms of seedbed prep? Leveling? Trying to pulverize the clods with tiller or disc?


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08-29-2013 08:56:56

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 Re: Diagnosing lousy stand in reply to oldmanbishop, 08-29-2013 08:30:38  
Other areas of the country is different. Here in the tundra, plow in fall, disk/field cultivate in spring, harrow right before and right after you plant.

If you live in a warmer climate, you can do it all in spring, hope for a rain between the plowing and disking to mellow the lumps.

Plowing in mid summer, beating down the heat baked lumps, lack of rain keeps the ground dry, you hardly ever get a good seedbed.

Too dry, too lumpy, too much heat the seeds like a slow cool damp start.

The tiller might be good to work up your ground now; if you tilled up sod in mid summer, your ground was dry, your ground was hard and lumpy, the tiller didnt work it as good as you thought, sod doesn't till up well or easy, ESP in mid summer.


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08-29-2013 09:46:27

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 Re: Diagnosing lousy stand in reply to Paul, 08-29-2013 08:56:56  
Ok, thanks for the advice. You mentioned a pass with the harrow after planting. Would that be to cover the seed? Couldn't you just use chains on the drill? or is there a good reason to make another pass?

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08-29-2013 10:57:29

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 Re: Diagnosing lousy stand in reply to oldmanbishop, 08-29-2013 09:46:27  
Small grains, legumes, and grass like firm seedbed. We like smooth fields for those crops. The harrow will push a few of the tiny seeds a bit too deep, but it also helps cover,others, and smooths the field well. I find more benefit than bother. A packer works too instead.


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