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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:16 pm    Post subject: Incorporate Sorghum-Sudangrass? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have about 20 acres that I planted Sorghum-Sudangrass last year, to improve the soil and add organic matter, in Northern Missouri.

What would you recommend to incorporate the 5 foot tall grass/plants?

It’s still standing, so I need to disk or mow it, or something.
Should I brush cut or mow it before I disk it?
If I cut it, then let it decompose for 2 or 3 weeks, then disk it, would 1 disking be enough?

Or just disk it twice? With time between each disking?

Does it matter? Is there a preferred way to help decompose?

I think I’ll plant Sorghum-Sudangrass again this year on that land, to improve the soil again.

Thank you!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Incorporate Sorghum-Sudangrass? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you planted Sudan last year and it’s still standing it’s gonna be stemmy as hell. I would mow it down and disc it under.

Plant soybeans. They won’t make a crop but the deer will love it plus they put nitrogen back in the soil.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Incorporate Sorghum-Sudangrass? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I got a neighbor who is one of the best organic farmer's in the USA, as far as i am concerned, he mow's it down before it goes to seed, let it dry out and starts to disk it in then seed a cover crop on it for winter, but me i would like to plow down some sudan grass standing about 6 feet tall, that the way i did it!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Incorporate Sorghum-Sudangrass? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would mow it, plow the greens under, plant soybeans and plow them under. My dad would do 2 crops of soybeans out of the bin let them green up, then plow both under.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Incorporate Sorghum-Sudangrass? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

So then the next year you seeded corn on that ground, that would be almost to rich for wheat !!!
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Incorporate Sorghum-Sudangrass? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I'd disk them in green they'll rot quicker,this time of year if you're building soil then plant Buckwheat with a good application of a mineralizer like
Planters II or Sea 90,lime if needed.After the buckwheat goes to seed disk it in and it'll come right back with a new crop about Sept or so plant Crimson Clover with something like turnips.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 3:28 pm    Post subject: Re: Incorporate Sorghum-Sudangrass? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Dad used to grow that stuff in the 60's to chop for milk cows when the pastures were used up. Cows will milk like crazy on that stuff. It was my job to go chop a load every night. I was about 12 years old at the time.
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Incorporate Sorghum-Sudangrass? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes, corn needs a lot of N
 
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Incorporate Sorghum-Sudangrass? Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My old 642 ih plow did a nice job no coulters
Plowing

 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:59 pm    Post subject: Re: Incorporate Sorghum-Sudangrass? Reply to specific post Reply with quote





 
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