High Residue Farming Workshop for Irrigated Producers
Posted by Georgine Yorgey | November 21, 2016
WSU Extension is hosting an upcoming workshop on the basics of High Residue Farming on November 30, 2016, 9:30-3:30 in Moses Lake. Details for those interested in attending are available here (lunch included if you pre-register by 11/22).
High residue farming is a term that covers a number of different specific farming practices, including strip-till and direct seeding. In all these systems, the amount of tillage is reduced in order to maintain crop residues on the soil surface. High residue farming provides a number of benefits, but two key ones include reducing wind erosion (and the need to replant sand-blasted crops) and reducing the amount of time and equipment needed to plant. It can also improve soil health, increase the amount of carbon stored in the soil, and in some cases increase the potential for double-cropping.
Intrigued and want to learn more? You can hear about strip tillage from a farmer who has used it for many years in the video below (6 1/2 min), and you can see the operations he uses for strip tillage in onions in the second video (3+ min):
Want to learn more but can’t attend the workshop? CSANR faculty Andy McGuire has published a set of four extension publications that cover the basics. These are:
High Residue Farming Under Irrigation: What and Why provides an overview of high residue farming, including its benefits and challenges. It also discusses some special considerations for high residue farming in the irrigated agriculture regions of the far western United States.
High Residue Farming Under Irrigation: Strip-till covers the benefits, challenges, and implementation of strip-till planting. This particular high residue farming system combines some of the benefits of clean tillage systems with those of high residue cover.