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Date: Sun, 19 Apr 1998 16:53:03 -0400
From: Craig Cramer <email@example.com>
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:
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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