Steel in the Field: A Farmer's Guide to Weed-Management Tools (Sustainable Agriculture Network Handbook Series, 2)
|Rating||:||4.11 (915 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||128 Pages|
Their advice ranges from the specific -- setting mini-disks 0.75 inches deep and 2 inches away from 2-inch tall plants -- to the general, such as one farmer's estimate of the correct speed for using his coil-tine weeder: "As fast as you can hang on is fine." This book is a must for anyone looking to reduce or replace pesticide inputs. Steel in the Field shows how today's implements and techniques can control weeds while reducing -- or eliminating -- herbicides. In practical language, the 128-page book presents what farmers and researchers have learned in the last 20 years about cutting weed-control costs through improved cultivation tools, cover crops and new cropping rotations. It directly tackles the hard questions of how to comply with erosion-prevention plans, how to remain profitable and
Fred Kirschenmann said Real-life, onfarm agricultural experts explain weed control.. This book addresses the four main concerns that farmers have about mechanical weed control: cost, effectiveness, dependability and soil impact. The field equipment sections are the most descriptive that I have ever seen.. Oregon Farm Mama said A must-have book for organic farmers & farmer-wannabes!. Today my husband and I are full-time organic vegetable growers, but once upon a time we were townies who didn't know the difference between a tiller and a disc. We found work on a farm and learned a ton firsthand, but this book was also a great way for us to learn more about cultivation equipment (without looking stupid, as another reviewer suggested!). The book is full of detailed descriptions, real life applications, and very helpful illustrations. It's a resource that we refer to frequently as we adapt o. "Great Resource" according to K. Jensen. I've been using this book for several years now. And each year I buy copies for our farm interns and staff. I think the book does a great job of showing various pieces of equipment with the how and why it works. The vignettes of farmers who use those tools is very helpful in offering a three dimensional real life picture of how the tool may or may not work on our farm. Great book, one we refer to often for ideas and to make sure we all have the same "picture" in our heads of what a tool can and might do.
--Joe Johnson- Agronomist, Mississippi State University . "Steel in the Field addresses the main concerns farmers have about mechanical weed control: cost, effectiveness, dependability and soil impact." -- Joe Johnson, Agronomist, Mississippi State University"The field equipment sections are the most descriptive I have ever seen." -- Joe Johnson- Agronomist, Mississippi State UniversitySteel in the Field addresses the main concerns farmers have about mechanical weed control: cost, effectiveness, dependability and soil impact