To Till or not to Till
The debate rages on. Our growers are on the far ends of the spectrum on this issue, but we have found that leaving the residue in the fields tends to hold in the moisture and reduces nutrient loss due to winter winds in soils that are compatible with this style of farming. No matter what system you subscribe to, our program can be utilized on your crops.
Everyone knows that when growing GMO corn, the residue is quite rough on equipment the next year – until now. Thanks to ongoing research and the expansion of the biological markets, it is now possible to leave that stubble in the fields and not have to worry about it failing to break down in a timely fashion. By cultivating naturally-occurring bacteria and fungi, a solution has been produced that will facilitate residue breakdown for any crop. Even GMO stalks can be broken down for an increase in organic material in the soil and some nutrient retention. No-till also builds in sustainability by allowing healthy biological systems to be built up and maintained. And a healthy biology also improves the moisture content of the soil and the fertility relationship between the soil and plants. Applications may be made in the fall after harvest or in early spring.
We have added a fulvic acid solution to the complex biological package to create our own product for crop residue reduction. BD1 Stubble Digester facilitates the breakdown by feeding the microbes with the fulvic acid until they can break into the stalks in ever-increasing numbers as they multiply in natural regeneration.