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    Rodale doesn't necessarily have all of the answers any more than Monsanto and DOW do. A lot depends on the crop and cover crop, on crop alternation, etc. Some folks have even used a modified paddock system following a grain or other crop with cattle (dairy or beef, grazing stubble and cover crop) before the next crop, on short rotations. There is also the whole thing with beneficial insects and providing reservoirs for them.

    You'll notice in the Rodale video that they strive for one pass kill of the cover crop and planting by doing one on each end of the tractor. You'll also notice that they ae using rye grass as a cover crop and a planter which creates a furrow, drops n a seed and then re=closes it. A lot of the early stuff I recall in CA used low growing cover crops and simply punched the seeds right through it with seed drills. I think this may depend on whether or not the idea is simply to plant corn, year after year after year versus whether or not there is any crop alternation, but I am far from expert and don't know all the details, other than that it was not a multi-pass operation to plant. and could be as simple as one pass to harvest at harvest time and another to plant come planting season.

    IIRC U.C.Davis, California Dept of Ag. and other parts of the UC System and maybe some Oregon resources were onto this back as eaarly as the seventies.

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    by enhydra lutris on Sun Jan 23, 2011 at 07:58:09 PM PST

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    •  Thanks, I'm not an expert either. We need more (1+ / 0-)
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      research $ invested into alternatives to the current crop of herbicides. There are some very interesting herbicides based on naturally occurring compounds, not having to apply herbicides would be even better. Low input/sustainable will be the future.

      "Smart people believe weird things because they are skilled at defending beliefs they arrived at for non-smart reasons."

      by the fan man on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 04:48:15 AM PST

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