soy to my world

Hugh Lovel uai at alltel.net
Fri Jun 9 14:48:02 EDT 2000


Ava

I see no reason your clay wouldn't grow harvestable soybeans. Why not try
it? It's one of the best ways to know.

Hugh



>On 06/06/00, "Hugh Lovel <uai at alltel.net>" wrote:
>> Dear Ava,
>>
>> Pardon my ignorance, but what is razor clay?>
>> Best,
>> Hugh
>
>> >Dear Hugh:
>> >
>> >You mention red clay, what about razor clay?  Will the soybean enjoy this
>> >medium also?  > >
>> >Blessings,
>> >Ava
>> >
>> >---
>
>Dear Hugh:
>
>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?
>
>Blessings,
>Ava
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