adam crowe wrote:I am working as agronomist for first large scale certified organic hemp farms California. We are in Ventura co southern california and people farm like the dustbowl never happened out here.
... I have room to experiment but must proceed cautiously and wisely. Thank you
Grady Houger wrote:Permaculture has a lot of great design principles we can learn from but not a lot of recipes yet for large scale mechanized ag.
adam crowe wrote:What would you guys do if you were forced to make the best out a large scale monocropping scenario or even on a smaller scale that could be prove its worth to be bumped up. I have room to experiment . . .
Ellendra Nauriel wrote:I think I would probably start with biochar. It tends to be a long-term amendment, so it wouldn't need to be reapplied the way composts and mulches would be. It can also be made from crop debris, which cuts down on the input costs.
Philip McGarvey wrote:
- Find some kinds of plants to be a slightly more diverse understory to the hemp.
Tyler Ludens wrote:I would do strips instead of understory. Understory might complicate the harvesting process, whereas strips would not.
adam crowe wrote:what living covers would you recommend I try to implement, . . . Nut grass pops right through plastic it is pretty crazy.
Abbey Wilson wrote:One grasshopper per plant will keep all small pests away.
adam crowe wrote:redhawk- yes tilling every crop, transplants the majority of the time, raised rows with one season black plastic that the nutgrasses poke right through. Little chance for soil protecting living covers, but that is one of my obsessions I will trial on a small scale. Mostly flat out here so not much erosion from rain, probably mostly from winds actually. thanks for your interest sorry if i dont reply immediately s*** is crazy out here!