[Market-farming] sorghum-sudan grass as cover crop

Tradingpost tradingpost at gilanet.com
Tue Jul 20 01:00:48 EDT 2004


And oh yes, I wouldn't be caught dead buying ammonium nitrate these days. That AND diesel fuel?

paul at largocreekfarms.com
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On 7/19/2004 at 10:33 PM Tradingpost wrote:

>Those who want to can do the ammonia nitrate, but should consider the
>side effects: chemicals tend to suppress microbial populations needed to
>convert that organic matter into usable humus and that feed those
>nutrients to plant roots.  The nitrogen rush also tends to stimulate weak,
>rapid growth that's more susceptible to disease and pests, requiring more
>expense for pesticides, etc. etc. and you have the standard vicious circle
>that's called industrial agriculture with all its problems. There's
>nothing new or questionable about this. It's old news and it's hard
>science. 
>
>BTW fertilizers come from natural gas, pesticides from petroleum, and have
>you checked the prices lately? If you doubt that it's gone past the point
>of economic feasibility, check the futures prices of gas and oil stocks. 
>
>paul at largocreekfarms.com
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>On 7/19/2004 at 9:44 PM robert schuler wrote:
>
>>Try mowing it down when its 3 ft tall then broadcast 50 pounds of ammonia
>>nitrate 34-0-0 roughly $25 worth of N/acre and watch your organic matter
>>double
>>for the season. A nice way to convert chemical fertilizer into something
>>usefull...Bob.
>>
>>Ken Bezilla wrote:
>>
>>> We grow sorghum/sudangrass as a summer cover crop.  We disc it under
>when
>>> it's still green; if we get to it while it's still 5-6' tall, the discer
>>can
>>> still handle it, but taller than that (it can get up to 8' tall here in
>a
>>> summer with decent rain) and the discer can't handle it, and it has to
>>get
>>> plowed under...
>>>
>>> Ken Bezilla
>>> East Wind Community
>>> southern Missouri, zone 6b
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