Washington State University Extension will host a workshop on the basics of High Residue Farming on November 30, 2016, 9:30-3:30 in Moses Lake, WA. For more information and for pre-registration (required) visit http://irrigatedag.wsu.edu/hrfworkshops/
High residue farming is a term that covers a number of different farming practices, including strip-till and direct seeding. In these systems, 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 this video. And you can see the operations he uses for strip tillage in onions here.
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:
- 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: Crop Rotation covers choosing a cropping sequence, specific cover crops, and special considerations for irrigated cropping systems in the far western United States.
- High Residue Farming Under Irrigation: Residue Management through Planting explains how to plant crops into high residue conditions with a planter or drill. It covers residue management, planter and drill modifications, and soil fertility adjustments.
- High Residue Farming Under Irrigation: Pest Management Considerations gives an overview of the effects of adopting HRF on the management of weeds, insects, and diseases.
- 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.