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No-Till Planting on P-1 Watershed


Planting video  24MB (New)


Planting pictures

Planting cotton in a high-residue (greater than 4000 lb/acre) conservation tillage system. Residue from a rye cover crop covers the soil. A roller-crimper was used to lay the straw down when the rye began to flower. Picture 1, Picture 2.

Planter operating in rolled residue. Note modifications to the planter:spoked closing wheels, heavy-duty down pressure springs, row cleaners behind rippled coulter. Picture 3, Picture 4.

Cotton stand and growth

The residue increases rainfall infiltration and water storage. It also suppresses weeds.


Last Modified: 7/23/2008
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