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Are we having fun yet...........up to 7.5

Monday at noon thru today at noon........

Calling for 3 to 5 more.........

The erosion on some fields is horrible........

Notill is holding ok, some areas have terraces blown out, mud on main roads, few areas it sheeted off the field so bad it wiped a few sections of fence out.............

Anyone wanna see why a kelly diamond harrow is a bad idea on HEL ground..............come this way..........neighbors have a nice demo field, half and half where they ran outta time and the planters got ahead.............WOW.........2 inches of soil completely sheeted off..........

O and fyi, the roads are washed out or closed in a few areas so good luck getting here
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Re: Are we having fun yet...........up to 7.5

Grab us some pics

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Re: Are we having fun yet...........up to 7.5

..........yeah,-------- with the sailboats you posted couple months ago.............................

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Re: Are we having fun yet...........up to 7.5

Roads took a beating lots a places.  Seems more and more farmers are building bigger and bigger dikes to protect their fields.  So the water has to go somewhere else, and that somewhere is is over the roads and into places it really should never hit.   Pity the poor fellow that follows the rules and doesn't build a dike.

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Re: Are we having fun yet...........up to 7.5

those farmers building bigger dikes or dams or dam dikes-----whatever you call 'em-------are also building potentially bigger ponds or lakes on their own field I would think.

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Re: Are we having fun yet...........up to 7.5

It's hard to watch, how much soil erosion happens in a year like this. Took a 400--mile trip across the northern Corn Belt last week and was amazed at how little crop residue was out there--so much clean tillage. Yet, in some recent research here, 75% of farmers said they were practicing crop residue management.  I guess I don't get it. -- John 

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Re: Are we having fun yet...........up to 7.5

Take a trip down to Central Kansas, if it weren't for reduced tillage and excess crop residue we wouldn't be farming a few of these acres. The winter wheat crop is really showing us which fields are no-till vs conventional tillage as we head into the ripening stage. It not only saves soil erosion, but it also saves soil moisture which is a great benefit for Plains producers.
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Re: Are we having fun yet...........up to 7.5

With more and more water forced on the road system, it really hammered some bridges.  Iowa already is one the highest states for problem bridges.  Some farmers will be adding several miles to reach fields.

 

Cover crops are a place to start. But, with the rules from USDA now, if it turns wet some spring and you don't get the cover crop killed in time, it makes that field not qualify for crop insurance.  Very risky with the weather we have anymore. 

 

Sun is shining, sure makes for a better outlook.

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Re: Are we having fun yet...........up to 7.5

Yes, John.  This winter, I had never seen so many worked fields.  I informed my wife, that heavy rains will cause some people to rethink removal of all plant matter.  Just a few days ago, my county was cleaning local ditches.  All  the top soil, from the vegetable growers super clean fields was being trucked away.  These same ditches are being cleaned every few years. Now add all the acres of corn silage, then pumped on manure with tillage, larger fields, removed fence rows, we are setting up for a bad event.  We haven't received any large rain events in the last couple of years.  Now in my 21 first year of strict No-til, and OM of 3 % to 12 %, my land is like planting into mulch.  One downside, the soil does not like to dry out without heat in Spring.

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46, that is the one and only one complaint I have from switching to 100% no-till 2 years ago. Our ground just doesn't dry down after a rain, especially wheat stubble. This is a blessing when we have crops planted but not so much when we're trying to control weeds and/or get crops planted. I believe it was the correct decision for this area however, the amount of moisture I had this spring compared to conventional tillers wasn't even comparable. Keep in mind I'm talking Central Kansas, too wet is rarely a problem for more than just a few days. Really benefits to control wind erosion as well.
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