Re: [fukuoka_farming] No till and irrigation
Try contacting the Rodale Institute at www.rodaleinstitute.org, they pretty
much started no-till farming. If you don't have luck with that, let me
know, and I'll look around a bit more for you.
2009/8/25 Horacio J. Peña <horape@...>
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> How do no-tillers irrigate?
> Here the traditional way is plowing (to soften the earth) and then
> make the furrows with a "rayador" ("ridger plough"?) and use that
> furrows to irrigate.
> I'd like to go no-till, but don't know how to handle the irrigation.
> The old furrows are mostly eroded, so no way to use them (this land
> has been unused for almost ten years)
> I've tried border irrigation without success. It seems to work more or
> less on parts of the land that have some trees and on the places where
> the old furrows stand, but it has been a disaster on the places that
> have no vegetation (stopped trying irrigating when little gullies started
> forming, and the seeds I'd broadcasted where displaced by the water
> flow, so nothing is growing there)
> Drip could work for trees, but it's too expensive and it involves lots
> of plastic, and I'm not sure I'd like to go that way.
> No irrigation is impossible here (high desert, 100mm/year)
> Some ideas?
> Horacio J. Peña
> horape@... <horape%40compendium.com.ar>
> horape@... <horape%40uninet.edu>