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#1 chieffan OFFLINE  

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Posted April 02, 2016 - 11:47 AM

Usually do this earlier but Easter was early this year and was raining on Good Friday.  Tilled an area today and boy is the ground dry with all this crazy wind we have had.  Wind in the upper teens with gusts up to the mid 30's and been like that for several days.  Really sucking the moisture out of the ground.  Need a good rain and not piddly drizzly stuff.  Cold NW wind now at 25 +.  Going to cut the seed potatoes but may not get them planted today.


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 11:48 AM

Never had any luck growing spuds. Maybe too much sand


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 12:16 PM

Would like to hear how you plant your potatoes . I picked up some purple and an early red at the farm store this morning , I might try something different then the ones I planted in rows this week .
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Posted April 02, 2016 - 02:00 PM

Never had any luck growing spuds. Maybe too much sand

must be something else, I plant all mine in the sand, as that's all I have.


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Posted April 02, 2016 - 04:32 PM

Maybe I've been trying the wrong kind. I don't know


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Posted April 03, 2016 - 10:18 AM

We usually grow Sweet Potatoes but last years crop was a bin buster so have a bunch in the freezer and a box full wrapped in news paper in the basement.  Decided to go with regular potatoes this year.  Got the Red Potomac variety.  I planted the Sweet Potatoes on top of a ridge for easier digging, but can't use a tractor cultivator that way.  This year I just made a furrow with a hoe and dropped the cut pieces in the furrow about 10" to a foot apart and the granddaughter stepped on each one to set it.  Raked the dirt in on top and walked the row down to firm the soil around the seed.

 

When I was on the farm, Dad would use the 4 row corn planter to make the furrows.  Would put a stick through the packing wheel so it could not turn and drop the planter down and away he would go.  We would drop the seed in the furrow and step them down.  A spike harrow followed to cover them.  Dad could use the cultivator on the potatoes just like the corn and beans.  I worked then so why not now?  Good luck with you crops guys.


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Posted April 06, 2016 - 01:18 PM

Mine won't be planted until at least the 24th. of May. I do envy you guys!


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Posted April 06, 2016 - 03:59 PM

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Posted April 07, 2016 - 07:13 PM

Iowa corn farmer? ?   Get more seed in a crooked row?  :rolling:   :dancingbanana:


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