DIAMOND J FARMS - MERCED, CALIFORNIA
Custom Farming
Custom Farming allows farmers to continue to manage their land without the investment of major equipment, time and other financial resources.  We provide a broad range of farming services including but not limited to planting, discing, and harvest of crops such as corn, wheat, and hay.   We provide what the customer wants and needs for their land.

Strip Till
Planting:
Strip-tillage is a form of conservation tillage that clears crop residues in a narrow zone of soil and loosens subsoil layers prior to planting.  The objective of strip-tillage is to loosen compacted subsoil zones while leaving the soil surface and crop residues relatively undisturbed. 
Strip-tillage decreases both the volume of soil that is disturbed and the amount of dust that is typically generated in inter crop tillage.
It also provides opportunities for band application of surface-incorporated herbicides and fertilizers at different depths prior to seeding.

Benefits:
The growing attractiveness of strip-tillage systems for California dairymen rests on the ability of these systems to cut production costs and reduce the time between successive forage crops, allowing more opportunities for triple-cropping, the sequential production of three crops within a given calendar year.
-Reduced tillage between winter forage and corn has also provided more time after corn for spreading and incorporation of manure prior to planting winter forage.
-Strip-tillage can dramatically reduce the amount of dust that is generated by tillage and soil preparation operations in dairy forage systems.
 
Problems:
Preventing weed competition during the first few weeks of corn establishment is very important to avoid yield losses.
-It is important that you plant on time and pre-irrigate with this method.  It is not as forgiving as conventional planting.




Planting Wheat:
Successful wheat production requires the use of management practices that contribute to high yields of forage or grain. Planting practices and management decisions made during the planting season are crucial for good stand establishment, winter survival and production.







Planting Corn:
Land preparations begin in April immediately after harvest of the winter forage.
 








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