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Worms (fwd)

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Date: Sun, 19 Apr 1998 16:53:03 -0400
From: Craig Cramer <cdcramer@clarityconnect.com>
To: sanet-mg@shasta.ces.ncsu.edu
Subject: Worms 

Vaughn mentioned searching for worm info on the web.  Yes.  There is a lot.
 If you run into anything particularly interesting on your searches, please
let me know.

One of my favorite worm pages is "Earthworms and Crop Management" from
Purdue University agronomist Eileen J. Kladivko.  While it's mostly crop
(as opposed to pasture) oriented, it makes a good primer.  

Especially like this table:

Table 1. Earthworm populations on silty clay loam near West Lafayette, IN.

        Crop*           Management*     Earthworms/m2

        Cont. corn         Plow             10
        Cont. corn         No-till          20
        Cont. soybeans     Plow             60
        Cont. soybeans     No.till         140
        Bluegrass-Clover   Alleyway        400
        Dairy pasture      Manure          340
        Dairy pasture      Manure(heavy)  1300

So sure, no-till cropping can double earthworms.  But if earthworms are
what you want, you know what you need to do.

The page is at:



Craig Cramer
Sustainable Farming Connection -- "Where farmers find and share information."

"The water will never clear up 'til you get the hogs out of the creek."
-- Jim Hightower

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