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October 12


1general-view"Our field has dried enough that we can drive a tractor over it without getting stuck.


2closer-viewWeíve still got a field-full of clods, volunteer wheat, and a lot of residue to destroy before we can plant.


3volunteerThe volunteer wheat is growing well, but we need to destroy it. We want the wheat that we plant to be all the same kind and emerge at the same time. Also, there may be some plant diseases growing in the volunteer wheat that could easily move over to the wheat that we plant after it emerges. Thatís why we want to destroy the volunteer wheat before we plant our seed.
7-fc-side"Hereís the field cultivator doing its thing.... and that is mixing the soil, breaking clods and destroying the volunteer wheat. Letís look at the field after itís tilled.


5after_fc_tillageNow that looks much better. Most of the clods are broken, the volunteer wheat is gone, but we still have some residue left on the soil surface for protection against erosion. I think we can plant now. We had better plant soon because it is getting awfully late to be planting wheat.


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