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What to plant my 15 Acres in this year.  RSS feed

 
Josiah Garber
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I recently purchased a 21 acre farm. I was looking for 3-5 acres, but the price was right. What are some good ideas for what to plant this spring on the 15 acres of north facing land?? I am not wild about using roundup and planting corn or soybeans which seems to be the favorite answer of farmers around this area.

Would love to hear suggestions. I am hoping to get cattle in about 2 years.
 
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Well, I think you need to give a bit more information. Your profile doesn't say where your farm is located, what zone, what annual rainfall, what the land is currently growing or has grown recently, what your local markets are.

My own acreage is diversified because it is a homestead style farm. My market is local residents. Thus I produce a wide variety of veggies, fruit, livestock. If I were to plant the entire farm in one crop, it would mostly go to waste because my market could not buy it all.
 
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I am in Zone 6b Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Currently corn stubble in field, history of field is corn and beans. 10% Grade North Facing. I'm looking for a low maintenance cover crop something to act as a placeholder until I can get cattle on the land. I am thinking Sainfoin, Yellow Sweet Clover, White Clover, Alsike Clover, Cornflower and Sweet Alyssum since I have bees.
 
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You're in a great area for farming! Since you plan to use the land for pasture have you considered including alfalfa and some pasture grasses in your mix? It takes a full year, better at two years, to establish a good pasture that the livestock won't rip out as they graze.
 
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