DEEP SEEBED CONDITIONING (DSC) can be applied to ALL cropping systems and requires LITTLE or NO CHANGE to existing practices.
DSC soll management;
See how easily DSC fits COTTON and SUGARCANE farming, two cropping systems that previously HAD to cultivate too much, in the Information Sheets. attached to the Green Bars below.
Information Sheets containing explanations and substantiation of all the claimed operational, productivity and environmental benefits that flow from the practice of Deep Seedbed Conditioning can be accessed by clicking on the Green Bars below and then clicking on the red download buttons.
Cotton growers are required to thoroughly cultivate soils between crops to bust pupae tunnels, cut stalks and prepare a fine seedbed. These agronomic necessities have degraded soil structure and made soils consolidate quickly and set hard when dry.
These difficulties are exacerbated by the fact that cotton farmers have only ever been offered larger, heavier machines that aggressively churn the soil, roots and soil biology. They have never had access to machinery that can perform the required cultivations without inverting or displacing soil, and which conserves intact the roots and their associated soil biology of the previous crop.
This Information Sheet describes the minor adjustments to established practices when introducing DSC and lists the operational and productivity benefits that will flow. Additional benefits that may flow are easier transition to rotational crops when using wide beds, perhaps longer cotton phases, improved sustainability and environmental stewardship (and the political kudos that accompanies this).
This Information Sheet describes the minor adjustments to sugarcane growing practices when introducing DSC soil management and lists the operational and productivity benefits that will follow. DSC will do away with the current inter-row cultivation and will also loosen the root zone of ratoon crops. The outcomes of significant impact from DSC practice will highly probably be improved productivity of first and ratoon crops, longer cane growing phases, the control of the disease Pachymetra, fewer operations to establish rotation crops and improved sustainability and environmental stewardship.