Larry Dyck is making an attempt to make robust soil rather less robust.
It could sound like a easy goal, however it’s been a 40 12 months journey for the money cropper, who operates Campden Grain with his son Ben, close to Campden on Ontario’s Niagara peninsula.
Dyck, a member of the Ontario Soil Community, first began no-tilling soybeans and wheat in his heavy clay soil within the mid-Nineties. “It will always be a clay soil but maybe we can manage it a little differently and make it more resilient to extreme moisture and drought conditions,” says Dyck.
Cowl crops and sustaining floor cowl are additionally an enormous half of the soil administration technique. In latest years, Dyck has taken it one step additional by “planting green” — planting corn right into a still-growing cowl crop. After six years of planting green, he’s skilled the trials and tribulations of the system, however the journey has result in a powerful 2021 crop.
On this episode of Actual Agriculture’s Soil College, Dyck shares how he planted right into a green cowl crop of legumes, furry vetch, crimson clover, and turnips. The duvet crop was then burned down straight after planting to make approach for the rising corn. (Story continues after the video.)
Dyck notes that his planter “plants beautifully” into this cowl whereas it’s nonetheless green. A useless or dying cowl crop tends to be stringy, creating hair-pinning points, he provides.
Dyck’s 2021 corn crop is stellar. He planted 31,000 seeds/ac and has a plant stand that numbers 27,000 crops/ac. Within the interview, he discusses agronomic and engineering challenges and likewise identifies key success components — from planter setup to planting depth.
After six years of planting green, Dyck could be very enthusiastic. “If we can grow good crops then I can’t see a reason to go back… and yields will be our report card.”
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