Video Clip: Weed Em and Reap Part 2. High Residue Reduced-Till System: Problem Situations

Organic Agriculture March 25, 2009 Print Friendly and PDF

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Weed 'Em and Reap Part 2: Reduced tillage strategies for vegetable cropping systems [DVD]. A. Stone. 2006. Oregon State University Dept. of Horticulture. Corvallis, Oregon. Available at: http://www.weedemandreap.org (verified 17 Dec 2008).


 

This is a Weed 'Em and Reap Part 2 video clip.

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Ron Morse, Virginia Tech. Blacksburg, VA. 

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I don’t want to lead you astray, that no-till systems works perfectly under all conditions, because this is not true. Soil type can be a major factor. You’d need to have well-drained fields if you’re going to try no-tillage. Heavy clay soil is one to be skeptical about and to be aware that you probably then have to use raised beds. If you needed earliness, you would not grow it no-till. You would use black plastic in order to enhance earliness. If you lived in the northern states or Canada, you probably would want strip-tillage, in which you would till an area about eight to ten inches wide that would allow you to get in the field earlier and warm up the soil.

 

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