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Re: [fukuoka_farming] No till and irrigation

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  • Frank McAvinchey
    Horacio, 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
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      Horacio,
      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.

      Panchito

      2009/8/25 Horacio J. Peña <horape@...>

      >
      >
      > Hello!
      >
      > 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?
      >
      > Thanks!
      > --
      > Horacio J. Peña
      > horape@... <horape%40compendium.com.ar>
      > horape@... <horape%40uninet.edu>
      >
      >


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