Mader/Rust Case Study: Direct Seeding in the Inland Northwest
Mallory, Ellen B.
Wysocki, Donald John, 1952-
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The Frank Mader and Tim Rust families farm 12,900 acres on their Ranch 66 between Hermiston and Pendleton, Oregon. Their location and warmer climate allow them to seed winter wheat in October and November; however, the farm's light silt loam, high in fine sand, is highly erodible. Chemical fallow works well for this farming team, recognized for conservation efforts in 1987 and 1988. Their crops are primarily winter wheat and some spring wheat. Improved fertilizer placement and moisture conservation add up to winter wheat yield increases as the Maders and Rusts have turned an eroded dryland field into one of their most productive. A soil loss ratio chart shows differences in random roughness under differing amounts of residue cover. 8 pages.