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06-21-2017 05:30 PM
Just looked at about 500 acres of no till no fertilizer corn and beans. There are blank spots in the fields either where the planter wasn't working good or there wasn't enough food for the seed to grow. Some of this has only been planted a couple weeks. I guess we will have to wait and see.
06-21-2017 07:14 PM
Location? How deep were they planted? There is an issue in certain neighborhoods where corn & beans planted in dry soil in that May 20th area that was too dry in that top 1" and you see some beans 3", some cracking the ground and some come up and died. In those dry areas and later planting, this was the year to err on planting a little on the deep side.
06-22-2017 08:22 AM - edited 06-22-2017 08:24 AM
"Not enough food for the seed to grow"
Pretty sure you were joking but that is not possible in the midwest of North America.
In defense of the BTO, no-till planted wet at the end of May (when we had a forecast
for 1.5" of rain the next day that actually was a zero) just like any other kind of tillage,
won't germinate when it goes hot and dry instead. Lots of conventional till and no-till
examples of that around Indiana this year. More than likely the bugs got it with the
open trenches in spots.
Many of the STO (small time operators) got the same results in IN, so just might want
to go easy on them on that one.
On the fert issue, if they didn't put on some 28 with the planter that is poor mgmt.
If they just didn't do P/K, most fields don't need any anyway, at least for a few years.
06-23-2017 05:45 AM
The BTO's starter was working "here" on what he actually farmed this year. He also does not no-till in our area. The spring parade of chisel plows, field cultivators and 36 row planters gets old. The BTO is obviously trying to compensate for something