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Symphylans

bricelandforestfarm
Sun, 28 Apr 2019 16:56:12 GMT

We have always had some symphylans pressure on our farm, but in the few years since going no-till the little buggers have just exploded. Has anyone dealt with them successfully? We have had moderate success with potato successions, but with a tiny farm it is hard to devote much space to spuds instead of more valuable market crops.

erikdtz
Wed, 01 May 2019 05:56:30 GMT

I know this isn't "no till" but the last farm I worked for had some symphylan pressure so they planted Sudan grass and tilled it in once it got to about 8" in height. Apparently when it's short and worked into the soil it naturally releases arsenic, decreasing the symphylan pressure. I just spoke to my friend and he said he's seen a significant improvement.