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A Series of Time Lapse Pictures

Old 10-14-2017, 07:28 PM
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This series of pictures shows the progress of one of my small plots (0.4 acre) that was planted on 9/23 in dry dry ground. Dates at bottom of each picture.



























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Old 10-17-2017, 02:37 PM
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That's neat review.
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Old 11-06-2017, 08:42 AM
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The payoff.

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Old 11-06-2017, 08:28 PM
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Looking good! Lots of green and lots of deer.
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Old 11-12-2017, 04:02 AM
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I'm surprised with all that straw and decomposing material around, the seeds and freshly germinated seedlings did so well.

They always told me that freshly decomposing mulch was a hostile environment for young plants. The decomposition uses up a lot of necessary nutrients and promotes fungus.

I was told extra nitrogen helps some. Maybe a fungicide would also help?

Your plots seem to be doing fine though. Maybe good seed and good plant type selection helps?
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This plot is on its 3rd. year of no-till. The first year I did a "throw and mow", the second year was a "throw and mow, then roll". This year was "throw and roll" (no mowing at all). Results have improved each year. It seems that the better the thatch/mulch build up, the better the results. I suspect two things come into play - it hides seed from the birds and it holds moisture much better than tilled soil.
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Old 11-13-2017, 01:19 PM
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Holding in that moisture is the key, and that's why a lot of the farmers around here have made the switch to no-till. Pretty dry climate here and moisture is almost always an issue, so anything that can be done to save moisture will often save yields.
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