From a photograph by Solomon D. Butcher of four daughters of rancher Joseph M. Chrisman, at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska. From left to right, Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth. Photographed in 1886.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Cornfield Planted with No-Till Methods

Life in Christian County, Kentucky... The Rural Life...

No-till farming

This field was planted to wheat earlier this spring, but it was damaged in the late freeze at Easter time. The farmer applied a herbicide to kill the wheat and then planted corn right into the dead, but still standing wheat plants.

This method is called "no-till" farming, and it was invented in Christian County, KY. It saves energy and it also cuts down on soil erosion and herbicide use. (Many weed seeds are stimulated to grow if the ground is disturbed and they catch a flash of light. They don't see any light when the crop is planted without widespread soil cultivation.)

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