We’re getting October in November, so here’s hoping that you’ve been making up for lost time in the fields. However, with a late planting season, a cold summer that led to slow-maturing crops and then a wet, miserable October, you’re doing well if you’ve nearly got all of your crops out of the field by now.
At No-Till Farmer, we’re trying to determine the effects of this late harvest season on your no-till operation next spring.
- Do you feel that you’ve caused any damage to your no-till fields that will need repairing next spring? Or did you have a strategy that helped you avoid ruts or compaction? Do you have any creative ways to fix problems that will cause minimal disruption to your no-till fields?
- Were you planning to do some fertilization this fall that will have to wait? If so, how will it impact your fertilizer application plans? You know, a lot of fall applications didn’t go down in 2008 due to high fertilizer prices, so what will happen if you don’t make applications this fall?
- Perhaps you had plans to no-till a cover crop and the late harvest prevented that from happening. How will that affect you next spring? Quite often, no-tillers rely on cover crops to help supply certain nutrients, so will you need to adjust your applied fertilizer rates?
- Will this tough fall in any way impact your no-till crop rotations? If so, how?
So just what no-till challenges do you expect to face next spring as a result of this challenging harvest season?