Clover outcompetes my efforts for diversity??

Foggy47

5 year old buck +
^ I suppose there is always the nuclear option.....and a scorched earth philosophy that could be applied. Maybe try other options first. Grin.
 

Crimson n' Camo

5 year old buck +
So what happens if the tractor breaks down while your field is on fire? Might be a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher lol lol
 

omicron1792

5 year old buck +
So what happens if the tractor breaks down while your field is on fire? Might be a good idea to carry a fire extinguisher lol lol
Lots of folks burn off residue of last crop before planting new. Seems like they just made a cooler way to do it!

Better have a fire lane or something really green around field before you go flame throwing like that.
 

Foggy47

5 year old buck +
I have a friend down here in AZ that still owns and rents his farm in MN. The renter has taken the farm to Organic. I'm told they have a big generator the tractor PTO turns.....that runs a weed zapper.....and the tractor is way over 100 HP. When they turn the genny on....it really lugs the engine. I dont know many details on these......and I think they hire an outside operator for this. Interesting where big ag is going. Evidently it can identify specific weeds and zap those without zaping the crops.
 

Skeeter

5 year old buck +
I ran a torch, making an 8 inch wide strip about 25 feet long, in my yard this year. Planted green beans into it. Beans came up great and the grass filled back in without completely taking over the beans before harvest. Had to cage them though to keep my winter food from eating my summer food.
 

Fair oak

5 year old buck +
In mid-July I broadcasted 3 acres worth of brassica’s into last years standing rye and medium red clover, rolled everything down with my homemade cultipacker and then sprayed with 1 quart/acre gly. I over-seeded everything with rye about a month after broadcasting brassicas. For brassicas I used Winfred, a couple different kinds of radish and hunter forage rape. Everything turned out great considering my plots are all 2nd year plots carved out of forest and overall it was below average rainfall since planting in my area.

I disked all plots the 1st year to help level everything out and work lime in but I’m really glad the no-till is working because my soil is very heavy Lake Superior clay and I worry about compaction issues and surface crusting if I leave bare soil from tillage. I don’t have much for equipment except my atvs, bag spreaders, atv sprayers, and I bought a 72” disc that I welded fork pockets to for my skid steer. Gotta disc in reverse but it works!
 

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Catscratch

5 year old buck +
In mid-July I broadcasted 3 acres worth of brassica’s into last years standing rye and medium red clover, rolled everything down with my homemade cultipacker and then sprayed with 1 quart/acre gly. I over-seeded everything with rye about a month after broadcasting brassicas. For brassicas I used Winfred, a couple different kinds of radish and hunter forage rape. Everything turned out great considering my plots are all 2nd year plots carved out of forest and overall it was below average rainfall since planting in my area.

I disked all plots the 1st year to help level everything out and work lime in but I’m really glad the no-till is working because my soil is very heavy Lake Superior clay and I worry about compaction issues and surface crusting if I leave bare soil from tillage. I don’t have much for equipment except my atvs, bag spreaders, atv sprayers, and I bought a 72” disc that I welded fork pockets to for my skid steer. Gotta disc in reverse but it works!
Pics of your skid steer disc?
 

Fair oak

5 year old buck +
Pics of your skid steer disc?
I could only find 1 crappy pic of the disc. I welded 2”x 5” rectangle tube to the top main frame. The steel is 36” long and 1/4” wall. Works great both pushing and pulling. I just use a very heavy ratchet strap when doing the final discing in reverse. Edited to add another close-up of steel before it was welded.
 

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Catscratch

5 year old buck +
I could only find 1 crappy pic of the disc. I welded 2”x 5” rectangle tube to the top main frame. The steel is 36” long and 1/4” wall. Works great both pushing and pulling. I just use a very heavy ratchet strap when doing the final discing in reverse. Edited to add another close-up of steel before it was welded.
Nice!
 

omicron1792

5 year old buck +
I could only find 1 crappy pic of the disc. I welded 2”x 5” rectangle tube to the top main frame. The steel is 36” long and 1/4” wall. Works great both pushing and pulling. I just use a very heavy ratchet strap when doing the final discing in reverse. Edited to add another close-up of steel before it was welded.
They make some you can go forwards in skid steer now. They almost have it where you can use a skid steer instead of a tractor.
 

Wind Gypsy

5 year old buck +
In mid-July I broadcasted 3 acres worth of brassica’s into last years standing rye and medium red clover, rolled everything down with my homemade cultipacker and then sprayed with 1 quart/acre gly. I over-seeded everything with rye about a month after broadcasting brassicas. For brassicas I used Winfred, a couple different kinds of radish and hunter forage rape. Everything turned out great considering my plots are all 2nd year plots carved out of forest and overall it was below average rainfall since planting in my area.

I disked all plots the 1st year to help level everything out and work lime in but I’m really glad the no-till is working because my soil is very heavy Lake Superior clay and I worry about compaction issues and surface crusting if I leave bare soil from tillage. I don’t have much for equipment except my atvs, bag spreaders, atv sprayers, and I bought a 72” disc that I welded fork pockets to for my skid steer. Gotta disc in reverse but it works!
Wow, that plot looks fantastic!
 

Kooch

5 year old buck +
I have a friend down here in AZ that still owns and rents his farm in MN. The renter has taken the farm to Organic. I'm told they have a big generator the tractor PTO turns.....that runs a weed zapper.....and the tractor is way over 100 HP. When they turn the genny on....it really lugs the engine. I dont know many details on these......and I think they hire an outside operator for this. Interesting where big ag is going. Evidently it can identify specific weeds and zap those without zaping the crops.

One of my neighbors is an organic farmer and he zaps his weeds too. He also remarked that it takes quite a tractor to run the zapper. It looks like an electric weed wiper.


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