System Works Out Well for S.W. Idaho Producers
Bennett turned that negative into a positive in 2013 — the year he began to strip till beets after purchasing a 12-row Schlagel machine. After five years, it was time to rotate that sandy field away from alfalfa. He waited until early April to strip till, planted beets and turned on the center pivot, both to water up the beets and to give the remaining between-row alfalfa some growth. A bad windstorm rolled through shortly after planting — wind that would have wiped out the beets had the alfalfa not been there for protection. But the beets held, and there was no need for any replants. That 2013 field produced a good crop of sugarbeets and then went into winter wheat for 2014. Now the sandy ground is back in alfalfa.
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