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Starting a small farm...

Discussion in 'Farming and Gardening Forum' started by Diy mechanic mike, Jul 24, 2018.

  1. Diy mechanic mike

    Diy mechanic mike ArboristSite Operative

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    So my parents just bought a piece of property and were beginning to develope it how we want it set up.... Were wanting to grow multiple kinds of berries, also some cherry and pawpaw trees on contour terrace/swale setup. Being that were wanting to farm on the hillside because the terrain is rolling hills and lots of erosion issues, so the terrace/swales being on contour will eliminate the erosion issues and store the rain we get in the ground/irrigation ponds. Any way "tmi" already haha, were clearing lots of smaller brush grow up from someone logging here n there about 10-15 years ago so if you can imagine how that would look after logging and no maintenance, quite a task let me tell you lol. But how do you go from timber stand to field of cover crop for nitrogen. like best tractor attachments for ground work to plant and harvest the said cover crop. thinking rye,crimson clover,alfalfa being that they are all nitrogen fixers great for erosion. Basically what were wanting to do as we clear more sapling wooded area for farming were bushhogging it to a grass maintenance and then wanting to plant cover crop for a couple years til we can afford a dozer cut the terrace/swales on contour then we will have a good cover crop top soil sod so we have cover crop growing in our berry area rather then weeds growing at random. So fyi we do have a tractor not a glamorous one either but she works like 10 men so that's a bit of a back saver. It's a massey ferguson 3165 (industrial 165 heavy front axle) has a front end loader and the shuttle shift so 12 speed trans. And we also have a 6 way 3pt blade, two bottom plow, and bushhog. Obviously items for clearing/minor dirt work. So what I'm thinking would be best for tilling/planting the seed on our hillside would be a rotary harrow(after we bushhog to a grass turf), any of you that have experience with these have any Input on this working ok for lightly tilling so we dont just loose our top layer to erosion and I figured it would leave aerated holes in soil so if I rigged up a seeder behind the rotary harrow it would poke holes perfectly for the cover crop seed to go into instead of just being washed down hill during a rain. Any experienced input would be greatly appreciated as I'm just getting into it and need as much good info as possible so I can do it right the first go.....
    Thanks mike
     
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    Hey Mike, quite the project you're taking on.

    I'm gonna shoot you a private message. I have a friend who lives in South Eastern Missouri who is knowledgeable about this stuff. He's got a lot of experience putting in prairie in that area.
     
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