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tractor, etc

  • Subject: [cg] tractor, etc
  • From: Minifarms@aol.com
  • Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 20:15:08 EST

Fred,

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
soil
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
Hughes
[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
wheat
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
Groff
[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
[vegetables]
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!
Ken  Hargesheimer


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