Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Intercropping with soybeans

     Last week we received some much needed rain. So, this week we had enough moisture to plant soybeans in our double pecan row/intercrop demonstration plots. The pecan trees in these plots are now 10 years old and nearing the point where they are getting large enough to warrant mechanical harvest. Depending on tree growth this summer, this may be the last year we crop this field. If this turns out to be the last crop of soybeans, we will establish a cool season grass in the tilled areas and switch over to hay production for 3 to 5 years before completely ending all intercropping practices. By year 16, our entire focus will be on pecan production with the trees producing more income per acre than any field crop that can be grown in SE Kansas.