October 6, 2010
A central Kansas farmer who is willing to gamble on unconventional growing methods hopes a crop of radishes and turnips will make things easier for next year's crops.
Mark Pettijohn says the 100-acre patch of root vegetables he planted in late summer will help break up the soil and add nutrients for the spring's corn crop.
Pettijohn has been practicing no-till planting since 1999 on about 3,300 acres near Solomon, between Salina and Abilene. He says his experiments with "green" methods sometimes don't pay off, but sometimes they do.
The Salina Journal says Pettijohn has no plans to harvest the radish and turnip crops, but might let his uncle's cattle grow fat by grazing the land this fall.