- Subject: [cg] tractor, etc
- From: Minifarms@aol.com
- Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 20:15:08 EST
You do not need to till, plow, etc. I have seen a video in which the
Agriculture Extension service agent said, "the worst thing that can happen to
is the use of a roto-tiller."
200,000,000 acres worldwide is in no-till. Over 50% of the small farms in
Argentina are no-till. It works.
Mechanized: 1985-2000, Dr. Morrison, TX research station, proved that
permanent beds, with permanent tracks, increase yields 15%. In 2002, A D
[806-866-5667] decided to go no-till and purchased a no-till planter. He
planted the cotton, harvested the cotton, planted wheat, knocked down the
and he was ready to plant again. His cost went to the basement. Buster
Adair [806-755-2532] has been no-till [cotton] for twenty years. Steve
[cedarmeadowfarm.com] has been no-till [vegetables, corn] for 30 years [I
have seen this operation]. A farmer can not be no-till without a no-till
planter and/or no-till drill. !It works!
Mini-farms: Fukaoka Farm, Japan, has been no-till [rice, small grains,
vegetables] for 70 years. Dripping Springs Gardens, AR, has been no-till
[vegetables, flowers] for 8 years. An Indian farmer has been no-till
for 5 years. A Malawi farmer has been no-till [vegetables] on permanent
beds for 25 years [I visited his farm]. A Honduras farmer has been no-till
[vegetables & fruit] on permanent beds on the contour (730 slope] for 11
years [I visited this farm]. Ruth Stout [USA] had a no-till garden for 30
years and 7,000 people visited her garden. !It works!
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