Cover Crop Plan and Task Lisk 2013October 3rd, 2013 | Posted by in Planting
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Task List –
MikeR needs to maximize the opportunity provided by excellent weather and timing for Planting, and three Trainees who will be charged with Preparing for, and establishing our Main Blocks of Winter Cover Crops – Today.
The weather has been warm and dry, soil conditions are excellent and the Moon Stage will be “New Moon” in a few days – perfect for planting quick growing seed!
The Seed – Organic Seed purchased from LAKEVIEW ORGANIC GRAIN llc; Triticale Rye, Winter Pea, Hairy Vetch and Oats.
The Rye, Peas and Vetch will be mixed and broadcast on all the fields (see “Bare Fallow’ fields above) and this seasons productive beds, that are ready . The Oats will be broadcast and worked into the Veg C south Field Beds, in preparation for next season’s first succession of field bed planting.
The Process – The Bare Fallow Fields have been prepared recently with our Cut Harrow, or Disc. The goal is to crumble the soil in the preparation of a soft, loose seed bed. The seed will be broadcast over the field, then gently (as possible) raked into the top few inches of the Soil. Ideally we will then “tamp down” or lightly compact the soil surface to foster good germination of the seeds.
Additionally, we have cultivated all the field beds (with young crops) and worked up areas that have already produced crops this year. These areas will have cover crop seed broadcast by hand, and the soil is being “worked” by our offset cultivating Tractor – International Case 265, and the rear attached Williams Tool Bar. The Williams Tools bar is my preference for final raking of the seed into its seedbed, due to the light touch of its design and smaller operating tractor. Finally, the Seed will be tamped down using our ATV pulling a ‘Roller” as well as a “cultipacker” which is pulled by our larger tractor and covers more ground.
The Challenge as a Trainer, is to be sure the job is done well and completely, while incorporating three Trainees into all steps of the Process.
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