Deb Rebel wrote:https://permies.com/t/67969/quest-super-soil#577846
https://permies.com/t/80/63914/Soil#577366 This one is very long but very good.
Both started by Bryant RedHawk
Dale Hodgins wrote:Are wood chips abundant and free in your region? They would definitely help you with ph problems. Around here, landscaping companies will dump a thousand tons, if you give them permission.
Chris Giannini wrote:If it were my land I wouldn't drill or plant anything until you fix the ph problem. I would start with doing a few lab tests on different areas of your farm. Once you submit samples and get results I would suspect that the soil in low in phosphorous for which I would apply a large amount of fish bonemeal to bring the ph down
Andrew Roesner wrote:Dale, I believe wood chips are very abundant. The state of Colorado is busy with clearing thousands of acres of beetle kill pine in the mountains, and they have absolutely nothing to do with those chips. You'll have to educate me on the pH aspect of adding wood chips. I'm only familiar with their ability to lock up N in the soil. Something I'd like to avoid. But I'd definitely welcome the organic matter!
Bryant RedHawk wrote:hau Andrew, Have you read my soil threads? They will probably give you some good ideas which will help you develop a good plan of attack.
Hops is a heavy feeding plant just in case you didn't know that.
The tool you might want to use is called a "Key Line Plow" To use one on large acreages you will need a large (150+ hp. tractor) to pull a 4 tine model.
Daron Williams wrote:A note on wood chips and nitrogen. If you don't till in the wood chips and just leave them on the surface you should not see a decrease in N levels. My understanding is that the locking of soil N only happens when you bury the wood chips or till them in.