|no-till planting wheat into sorghum regrowth|
Unlike the wheat we are planting for silage, we will plant our grazing crop into a prepared seedbed for the first time in several years. This will be a four-step process:
- We will "shallow till" by breaking the top of the ground with a disk.
- We will spread manure slurry to incorporate nutrients and organic matter.
- We will use a section-harrow to fill-in/level rough spots and smooth the ground prior to planting.
- Finally, we'll use our seed drill to plant wheat and ryegrass into the prepared ground. A homemade drag attached behind the drill will help cover the seed and finish smoothing the ground.
We'll be able to apply additional slurry once the wheat/ryegrass establishes well enough to stabilize the ground. There is a chance we can graze the herd on this land before the end of the year if we have a mild November, but we'll likely be looking at early spring before we get much benefit from it.
God bless, and y'all have a "dairy" good day!