|Ed Winkle, teaching from
the root pit
Chris Pellow Behind
|Sweating like crazy||The Root Pit||Roots at 36"|
|Field Day 2007|
On August 2, 2007 we had our first field day on the farm, the topic was mainly no-till and corn on corn. We were lucky enough to have Ed "The Corn Whisperer" Winkle (he says it is more like "Corn Yeller") teaching from a root pit and Jeff Martin on hand to answer questions.
Though the temps were almost 100 degrees we had great group, I think almost everyone in attendance was a comitted no-tiller but it was great to get together and share ideas, being such a rookie I don't think anyone learned more than me.
Also in attendance was Mr. Chris Pellow from Auckland, NZ. Chris was touring the United States learning about no-till corn production and touring ethanol plants. It was very interesting to hear how different farming is in New Zeland. How would you like to farm where:
1) There is no market for beans, so corn on corn is the norm
2) Land costs $10,000 per acre +
3) Cash rent is $450 per acre +
4) Your prices are fixed all year
(last year corn was around $8 a bushel)
5) No subsidies at all, and no crop insurance
And with $8 a gallon diesel costs no wonder they are looking at no-till!!
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|I wish they all
looked like this
|Natural vs Man
We picked one of the poorer places on the farm to do the root pit, but it was too hot to go elsewhere. In hindsite I think that may have been good-I definately learned some things to work on in those areas.
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