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Sligh1

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Your CRP may be going in or coming out- good video with a few key points i agree with. One being the burning ....
 

IowaBowHunter1983

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So question to above point re fire.... say you have a native stand thats 6' tall and thick. I think zero chance you can plant into it because that's just SOOO much residue. Better to bail or fire?
 

Sligh1

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So question to above point re fire.... say you have a native stand thats 6' tall and thick. I think zero chance you can plant into it because that's just SOOO much residue. Better to bail or fire?
I don’t think that’s the case with only choosing those 2 choices- IMO. It can be rolled over to mat it down - very much like a thick stand of winter rye. U could disc & cultipack it too..... enough to break it up & get it flat. Good no till cutters or cutters with row cleaners. Or even strip til. Several options. IMO - those are not the only 2 options.
& last “not ideal but would work”.... u could plant beans into standing natives. Spray & spray. The new growth would not get high. The old growth would stand & slowly crumble throughout year,... would act as a mulch. It could smother some seed but not bad. Plant at higher rates.
So bottom line, IMO- I’d rather do mechanical method over losing all that OM & fertility - both of which leave with burn & bale.
IF I had to chose between bale or burn- I’d do burn. Get the soil hotter & leave more fertility than baling would. Easier to kill regrowth on burn IMO as well. Baling better if u wanted to feed cattle the hay.
 
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