I still don't understand why we have to grow so much corn(no-tilled or not)
in this country and turn around and feed it to ruminant animals. No-till is
better than molboard on erosion but it doesn't compare to untilled
Have you got all your vegetables in the ground?
Free Range Hog Farmer
From: Steve Groff <email@example.com>
To: Pat Elazar <Pat_Elazar@cwb.ca>
Cc: Roberto Verzola <firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com
<firstname.lastname@example.org>; email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thursday, May 20, 1999 9:36 PM
Subject: Re: No-till (Formerly FW: Farmers Part of the Global
>Pat Elazar wrote:
>> <Roberto wrote:
>> <I'm just curious: is it possible that this campaign against tillage is
>> <part of the pesticide industry effort to sell herbicides?>
>Who have you seen or heard campaigning against tillage?
>Of course companies who manufacture herbicides will promote them to no till
>but as you see below, long term no till will reduce the need for
>certainly has on my farm.
>If you talk with any soil scientist, he will tell you that most tillage has
>detrimental effect on the soil. Tilling the soil might benefit the farmer
>way, but not the soil and the critters who live in it.
>> the no-till/low-till guys who'd been doing it for a while generally used
>> chemical than anybody else. If they survived the first couple of years,
>> learned how to walk their fields, map their fields & widen rotations to
>> weed problems systemically. The no-till guys also used half-rates, one
>> rates & spot applications when they did spray. They also chose more
>> varieties & tinkered combine settings to maximize crop residue (we
>> that mulch on this list). After 10 years of no-till, they usually had
>> organic matter, less weeds, less disease problems than their neighbours &
>> even a few worms!
>> <After nearly 10,000 years of tilling the soil, I would imagine farmers
>> <known if it made the soil less productive.>
>Alot of farmers (especially the conventional) are aware of this and are
>something about it now. I've found the detrimantal effects of tillage to be
>that a good many sustainable farmers ignore. The moldbord plow has caused
>significant damage to the quality of soil.
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