Floyd Johnson wrote:
> We started using rye as a cover in 92. Back then we killed it with Round
> Up and when it was dead we pulled an Aer-Way over it. Then we No-till
> planted or drilled . We are currently going through transition to
> organics. A Rota-vator dealer introduced us to organics by saying if we
> would use his tiller instead of roundup we could qualify for organic
> premiums and we would be away from chemicals, which I thought was a very
> good deal.The first spring the tiller worked great,so we bought one.
> Then the trouble started. The first summer it worked so-so. The next
> spring was wet and we worked some fields several times before we could
> get them planted(very time consuming). The second summer we ruined 2
> gear boxes and rebuilt it 3 times(very very time consuming). Winter of
> 98-99 I bought a old IH 470 disk just to have on hand. We also traded up
> to a heavier duty tiller. Spring 99- it was getting late and I gave up
> adjusting tiller and hooked on to disk. It didn't work too bad and was a
> lot faster.
> I am looking for a implement that will incorporate residue (Rye
> (sometimes waist high), hairy vetch, red clover, etc.) into the top 4
> inches of soil (mostly silt loams) without causing a lot of grief . We
> farm 500 acres in central Illinois. Half of the farm is on a 3 year
> rotation the other half is 4 year . Our big tractor is currently 130 HP
> 4440 JD.
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