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Conservation Tillage Handbook Series No. 11
For The Inland Northwest
in a new series of 16 PNW Extension bulletins.
What is Direct
Why a Direct
Seed Case Study Series?
Who Do the
Case Studies Feature?
of Advice is Offered in the Direct Seed Case Studies?
Take a piece of land, what ever you think you can afford to try it on, say 50 or 100 acres, get it into a rotation in a direct seed system, and give it a try. But do things right. Make sure you have your green bridge taken care of. Manage your residue. Seed the correct depth. Tap into what other direct seeders have already learned. If someone in your area is successfully direct seeding, do what he does for awhile. Do all of those things and dont judge it after just one pass. Do it for five years on the same piece of ground and then you will start seeing some of the benefits. Pat Barker
The number one challenge is getting good seed-to-soil contact in heavy residue to get a good stand. Tim Melville
to the green bridge. Get the green volunteer crop and weeds
dead 2 to 3 weeks prior to planting. Dont be fooled, the pathogens
are there waiting for the new plant to start so they can hop on and ride
for another year.
The timing is more critical with no-till than it is with conventional. Youve got a smaller hammer [with herbicides vs. tillage] and youve got to hit it just perfect. Those guys [conventional-tillage farmers] have a big hammer and theyve got two weeks either side of ideal to hit it. Frank Lange
Talk with neighbors who are direct-seeding, go to the Direct Seed Conference and field days, and tap into university information. Paul Williams
When youre seeding youve got to be down there, youve got to be looking at that stuff. Every day, every time you move to a new piece, its a new thing, youve got to change your drill so it works. John Rea
One thing about this kind of farming, its hard to impress the neighbors because its not what they are used to seeing. A lot of times when they drive by a field and it looks kind of rugged, they form adverse opinions of how that field is being managed. But you have to wait until all of the scorecards come in to really pass judgment. Mike Ensley
Dont cut short on your rotation when you start outthat will provide you with a big safety margin against having something go wrong as far as diseases or weeds. Nathan Riggers
who is direct seeding in your area and start asking questions. As Yogi
Berra said, You can observe a lot just by watching.
How Do I
Get Copies of the Case Studies?
To find out about the availability of the case studies, or for other information, see the above web site or contact Cooperative Extension, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, Washington State University at (509) 335-2915.
Pacific Northwest Conservation Tillage Handbook Series publications are jointly produced by University of Idaho Cooperative Extension System, Oregon State University Extension Service and Washington State University Cooperative Extension. Similar crops, climate, and topography create a natural geographic unit that crosses state lines in this region. Joint writing, editing, and production prevent duplication of effort, broaden the availability of faculty, and substantially reduce costs for the participating states.
The Pacific Northwest Conservation Tillage Handbook is a large, three-ring binder handbook that is updated with new and revised Handbook Series publications. It was initiated in 1989 as a PNW Extension publication in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Updates to the Handbook are provided when the updating card is returned. By 1999, 47 new PNW Conservation Tillage Handbook Series have been added to the original 98. Copies of the complete Handbook are available for $20 through county extension offices in the Northwest or ordered directly by calling state extension publication offices: Idaho -- (208) 885-7982; Oregon -- (541)-737-2513; Washington -- (509) 335-2999 (some shipping and handling charges and sales tax may apply). It's now accessible on the Internet! All of the PNW Conservation Tillage Handbook and Handbook Series are on the Internet home page (http://pnwsteep.wsu.edu) Pacific Northwest STEEP III Conservation Tillage Systems Information Source. The home page also contains recent issues of the PNW STEEP III Extension Conservation Tillage Update, listings of other conservation tillage information resources, coming events and much more. For more information on the Handbook or updates to the Handbook, contact Roger Veseth, WSU/UI Conservation Tillage Specialist, Plant Soil and Entomological Sciences Department, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844-2339, phone 208-885-6386, FAX 208-885-7760, e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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