After letting the field set for about a week, it was time to disc.
The process of discing breaks up the turned soil and sod resulting from plowing. We utilized a 12′ offset sod disc for this field, due to the presence of orchard grass and fescue, with both create heavy sod. Read more…
After two weeks, all the vegetation that was susceptible to glyphosate (Roundup), has turned brown, and it is time to start plowing.
Due to the presence of fescue and orchard grass, it was necessary to use a traditional rollover plow, in order to get below the roots and turn the sod over. Plowing also exposes the roots of all the plants and will cause many, not all, of the plants that are not susceptible to glyphosate to die.
Following the harvest of grains, I am able to use a chisel plow, which breaks up the compacted soil, but does not expose the root zone. I will use the chisel plow when I move from wheat back to grass, to keep more moisture in the ground for the seed bed in June/July.
Plowing exposes the root zone to allow for drying and allows for the sod to be broken up more easily during plowing and also, by penetrating 16″, gets below the compaction area to allow for a new, soft seed bed for the new plants.
Once the field is plowed, I will wait for six days before beginning to disc.
Stay tuned for Phase III.
Over the years, there have been hundreds of different products utilized as feed for livestock. Alternative feed supplies vary by region. I am only going to address some of the more “important” feeds, as based on annual usage within the United States.
Corn is the most widely used energy feed and excels in pounds of TDN produced per acre. It is very low in calcium, fair in phosphorus, deficient in vitamin B12 and must be supplemented with protein for most classes of livestock.
Sorghum is grown in semi-arid regions where corn does not grow well. It is similar to corn in its nutrient load, but is slightly higher in protein. It can be used to replace corn in rations, however, feed efficiency and gains may be decreased by as much as 10 percent. To overcome this loss, rolling or feeding as a high moisture grain is recommended. Read more…