2/5/2018 0 Comments
You know if you have ever read anything that I have written on tillage and farming I preach the idea of what compaction does to yields. If you are a vegetable producer, more than likely you wonder how compaction effects you. If you run a rototiller you would think at first I am eliminating my compaction because I have loosened the ground completely. You are right at that minute. The unfortunate consequence of your action is you have pulverized the soil to where it re-compacts very easily. After this, you expose your dirt to foot traffic. You pack it down on daily bases. You do this year after year and the lower layer (deeper thank what your tiller can dig) will get harder and harder. In two words: soil damage. This will also reduce soil health in more ways than just the compaction itself. The soil basically suffocates by pushing out the necessary air promoting anaerobic bacteria which are the bad bacteria. This, in turn, decreases the aerobic bacteria which is the good bacteria.
This is where our FarmBuilt CR 5.0 comes in. By opening the soil down deeper, it allows the air in where it needs to be for all that is required for proper soil health to bring your soil back to life. Then there are the drainage issues you have created with the compacted soil and our tillage tools will do an excellent job of dealing with this.
I had a comment from an individual mentioning his preference to plow. This gives me a platform to compare the many differences between using my tool and the mow board plow. The FarmBuilt 5.0 opens the layer that is compacted below the plow. This helps for better drainage when wet and also lets moisture be pulled from underneath when it is drier. It also creates better conditions decomposition of the residue by letting the aerobic bacteria go to work. Especially if you add manure in the fall by spring it is ready to go to work for you. Years ago when the soil you are looking at was plowed (I have farmed this ground all my life) we applied manure every year but had poor soil structure. As you can see we ...
With the coming end of fall tillage, you will see a lot of different tillage styles in our area. This is my take on it all: Look at it this way when it comes to corn stalks if they are on top of the ground. Stalks are not being used to their fullest potential. When they are left on top as they break down you are losing the energy that you used to grow them. If you bury the stalks or other organic matter under a few inches of dirt, it helps maintain carbon into the soil instead of releasing it into the atmosphere. With our CR (Chisel Ripper), only a little amount of material is left on top to help control run off.
I personally have never let what others say or do influence what I know is possible. If someone says I cannot it becomes a challenge to me. I never stop trying to improve on whatever I am doing. No matter what job I have ever done and no matter what I feel, I look back and learn something from it.
Jeff Sberna - Farmer and Founder of J&D FarmBuilt LLC