soy to my world
essenheal at iname.com
Fri Jun 9 11:03:14 EDT 2000
On 06/06/00, "Hugh Lovel <uai at alltel.net>" wrote:
> Dear Ava,
> Pardon my ignorance, but what is razor clay?>
> >Dear Hugh:
> >You mention red clay, what about razor clay? Will the soybean enjoy this
> >medium also? > >
Sorry to take so long to respond, but lately I seem to be catching myself
coming when I should be going & vise-versa....
The Razor series is that wonderfully dark, slippery, sticky clay. It's
moderately deep, well drained & formed on uplands in clayey residuum
weathered from shale. It's underlain by shale at a depth of 20-40 inches.
Representative profile: surface layer is light olive-brown heavy clay loam
about 4 inches thick, subsoil is grayish-brown silty clay about 11 inches
thick and the underlying material is light brownish-gray clay about 15
inches thick over light brownish-gray soft shale that extends to a depth of
60 inches or more. Permeability is slow and the available water capacity
is low. The soil is moderately alkaline and root zones extends to a depth
of 20-40 inches. Native vegetation is mainly short plains grasses and the
slope is 1 to 5 percent. Average annual precipitation is 12 inches (annual
evaporation rate is 5 feet) with avg. annual temps of 53 degrees and the
frost-free season is 145-175 days. Sunshine averages 300+ days.
Do you think I could grow soybeans here as a harvestable crop, or would
they only grow as mainly a 'green-manure' crop?
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