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#3160230 - 02/11/13 08:08 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
Have the soil tested. Those type of plot soils are often highly acidic.

I've quit trying to grow summer crops in those cherty ridge-top plots. I just plant cool season annuals (in August or September) that will last as long into spring/summer as possible.


I sent the test off last Thursday, so we'll see what they say.

Do you think i'd be better off planting now (frost seeding) clover, or waiting until Aug/Sept. and plant something then?
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#3160391 - 02/11/13 09:17 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: Bone Collector]
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If you want summer perennials, I would start frost-seeding now. If you are looking at just cool-season annuals, then wait until late summer.

I would give the summer perennials a shot. You never know. The downside to "experimentin"g with summer perennial clovers is their cost. Perennial clover seed can be really pricey per pound.
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#3160417 - 02/11/13 09:36 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: BSK]
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I agree with BSK, just plant it one time and try it.

Youd be amazed at the places ive worked with as many rocks as dirt and they do just fine given you get seed to soil contact and some moisture along the way
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#3160439 - 02/11/13 09:47 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: jmb4wd]
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gypsum lightly mixed into the rocky soil will held it hold moisture and also help the moisture penetrate
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#3160452 - 02/11/13 09:54 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: Chaneylake]
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Bone collecter, we have a skid loader with a rock picker attachment and it does wonders on rocky ground, all the way down to gravel size rocks.

You could rent one at Farrer bro. Rental in the boro probably.
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#3160654 - 02/12/13 07:06 AM Re: Clearing rock [Re: jmb4wd]
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 Originally Posted By: jmb4wd
Bone collecter, we have a skid loader with a rock picker attachment and it does wonders on rocky ground, all the way down to gravel size rocks.

You could rent one at Farrer bro. Rental in the boro probably.


yeah i have thought about that. the guy that owns the land behind me last name is Farrer. he owns Percision wood works in M'boro. I wonder if they are related?
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#3164443 - 02/14/13 09:34 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: Bone Collector]
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Rocks smaller than your fist arent much of an issue.....no matter what you do in really rocky soil you will bring others to the top as you till. prepare the soil year after year.....i have one field that is on a rock quarry and we affectionately call it "rocky top". I walke it several times per year and pick rocks and throw them from the field. works for me and i am telling you i have thousands on them on a 300 yard stretch.
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#3170283 - 02/19/13 09:12 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: BSK]
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A friend of mine had a similar situation as this, he hired a couple of underprivileged kids off of his son's football team and gave them each a 5 gal bucket and a pair of gloves and paid them for the help, bought them a good lunch, and got a lot of work done. Worked for him!
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#3179574 - 02/28/13 06:19 PM Re: Clearing rock [Re: BSK]
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Clear cut about 4 acres three years ago, dozed it off two years ago, picked up rocks and roots for 4 weeks this past year to get it ready for spring planting. Turned it under and picked up roots and rocks for another week and finally we got our corn in.
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