more residue experiments update 1


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It has been eight days since I planted these buckets with cover crops.  all buckets have been watered equally and pretty regularly

The bucket with no residue only has a few seed germinating….I think some seed started to germinate and then got baked on a couple of the hot days we have had….they are still visible in the bucket…

no-residue-not-much-growth-or-germination

Below is the bucket planted to the green cover mix and this bucket had the tall summer annuals and so it has heavy mulch….it was at least a 4 inch thick layer of mulch and the mulch is weighing down the new seedlings but they are beginning to show thru the mulch and certainly around the edges.

thick-summer-residue-4-inch-layer

the below bucket is the one that had the goosegrass residue chopped up and it was sown to my home cover crop mix of the day.   While some plants are beginning to show thru the residue…..the entire residue mat is being lifted off the bucket.

lighter-residue

the below photo is an attempt to show that the residue mat has been lifted a couple of inches off this bucket.

light-residue-is-being-lifted-of-the-bucket

the seed scattered in the still living chicory is beginning to come up but since it is slower and not nearly as thick as the residue buckets and it is the same seed mix.

seed-disbursed-in-the-chicory-are-finally-germinating

 

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