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  1. well it is an ironman so you would have to use what you can find or buy that is blue or below, possible competing as a team or 2-3?
  2. Hello OD family, I would like to know how everyone would feel about a new contest. The contest would be an ironman speed run through nm NOT hell. Will need a protector in game with you to confirm time taken to complete. The reward for making the best time would receive a Perfect GMB faith. Please leave any ideas you have if there should be changes or if this is a good idea.
  3. Hello! I am starting a javazon and wanted to see if anyone has some gear for trade, i also use jsp, @odxerxa
  4. Soils with low CEC are easily deficient in cations. Sandy soils are considered non-cohesive and because of their large size, have low specific surface areas and have low nutrient retention capacity. soils with low CEC have low ability to hold water. Sand particles can hold little water due to low specific surface area and are prone to drought, therefore have a very low CEC and fertility status The implication of this is that negatively charged nutrients such as nitrates, sulfate and chlorides are vulnerable to leaching down the soil profile due to the texture and large pores. The best management practices to consider well working in a low CEC soil is the soil will most likely be acidic, you can bet on that. So using lime to keep your PH under control will help a lot. Also most soils with a low CEC are very course and can leech to quickly, by adding organic matter, your top soil will retain a much higher level of nutrients giving the soil more time to break it down and to be absorbed by the plants before leeching occurs. Clay-pro- Clay is where the nutrients in soil are stored, Sand and silt do not store nutrients. Con- It holds lots of water so the soil stays wetter, colder and can be hard to work with. Sand-pro- Specific species of plants and trees grow much better in sand. These types of plants can withstand drying cycles easily and prefer a soil environment that does not retain excessive moisture. Con- Even though in nature you will most likely never find sand in its pure state without some amount of silt, sand itself has the inability to retain water and nutrients. Silt-pro- Silt promotes water retention and air circulation. Con- Silt can be hard to drain, and only holds a limited amount of nutrients. My thoughts on the best soil texture to grow high yield corn would be a percentage of all three soil types mixed with organic matter, this would be the prime crop growing soil. Using a mix of 40 percent sand, 40 percent silt, and 20 percent clay. The sand and silt together give great aeration and water retention, while the clay holds the nutrients and creates a stable platform for the structural integrity of the plants.
  5. Another week another set of questions. I will leave my thoughts tomorrow morning. Please feel free to leave your thoughts aswell. 1.A low CEC soil test value tells us what about soil texture and water holding capacity? 2.What are three best management practices to consider when working in a low CEC soil? 3.List one pro and one con forms deal with when growing crops in the following soils: Clay? Sand? Silt? 4.In a perfect world, which soil texture would you choose to grow high yield corn and why? Please list the percent sand, silt and clay along with the texture classification.
  6. I would consider runoff of nitrogen and phosphorous rich agricultural products such as fertilizers and manures one of the biggest agricultural problems that is causing poor water quality. We are relying to heavily on nutrients and synthetics that runoff into our streams, rivers, and lakes, which is causing harmful algae blooms all over the United State's fresh water supply. This will and is leading to extreme water quality degradation and health safety concerns. Resolving the water quality issues in agriculture operations seems to be an extremely tough question, especially now that there are so many influencing factors on how a farmer operates their farm. Some of the main influences could be personal situations, the quantity and quality of the resources and technologies to which they have access, agricultural policies, and environmental regulations. These are just a few, but I have to say through my research water quality issues have been brushed aside. Run off barriers need to be installed. No if, and, or buts about it. Using strong micron bags containing filtrating material would slow down and clean the water, possibly making the runoff much safer if it makes it to our water systems. Even for Home use, powerful filtration systems can be bought and even made. I love DIY projects! The only issue is these will need to be replaced as they age. I believe PH is the biggest factor that will effect crop production, mostly in greenhouse production if not in balance. Around 6 to 6.5. If your PH is out of whack, you should prepare for what i call lockout. If this occurs lockout will temporarily or completely stop plant growth, because the plant cannot absorb nutrients. When there is too much buildup in your medium, it can react with your plants and the nutrients you are feeding them. When this happens, excess nutrients can clump together or become ineffective, making them unavailable to the plant. Basically, too much nutrient build-up causes a change in the pH of your growing environment, causing a nutrient lockout. Common signs of nutrient lockout include stunted growth and yellowing leaves, as well as leaf burn. Plants can also become limp and lifeless over time. I believe the best solution is to flush completely with pure water, and monitor your plants closely. This should hopefully help your crop to start accepting nutrients again. -ODxerxa @MelodicRose(OD) @SuNSeT @Townkill(OD)
  7. I would honestly love to hear what you have to say. All perspectives. This is what people do not want to hear because it scares them. SO WHAT. Maybe that's what we need to get our shit together, and believe me people are trying, but big gov regulations allow people to completely annihilate the land without repercussion. It sickens me.
  8. Nope just posting the questions, Ive posted my reply vs the questions Im posted. I just want to hear what others have to say considering water management will be harder and harder.
  9. Describe one cause of poor water quality you feel agriculture plays a role in. How can you help resolve water quality issues in agriculture operations? And in your home? Select one area from an irrigation water report that if out of balance, could effect crop production. Describe the problem and effects on the crop. Finally suggest a solution. I Will be posting my thoughts on the subject tomorrow. Please feel free to share yours as well. Thanks OD-xerxa
  10. xerxa(OD)

    Grushing

    Hello clan OD, I will be available to do any rushing needed just get ahold of me on here or in game. All i request is find your own bumper. Have a great weekend -OD-Xerxa
  11. I believe drip irrigation is a great way to conserve water, and still make growing profitable. This mixed with computer technology can give a farmer extremely accurate readings on how much water he needs and how much used. Drip irrigation delivers water directly to a plants root system, which reduces evaporation. Also doing a few things around the farm like making sure you have little to no runoff, maybe by building a retaining wall that goes down to the frost line using sand/charcoal bags. The bags would absorb water, filter out contaminates, and slow runoff allowing the filtered water to return to the earth. IE conserving water. The last part was just an idea that popped into my head after reading the questions. Most of fresh water depletion is occurring because of the constant pumping of natural ground water. I have read a couple reports showing evidence of having to go deeper and deeper down to pump water, meaning we are removing the water much faster than it can replenish itself. A large amount of the ground water is dedicated to agriculture, but due to our ever expanding population forcing farms to expand exponentially our water shortage is looking to be a very serious issue. I believe there is not just one finger to point when pinning the blame for contaminating Lake Erie, but in my eyes one of the most preventable causes are the huge amounts of fertilizer and manure that is running off into the streams and lakes. This is causing a threat to our drinking water and the health of the civilians that use this water to support their lives and businesses. Another culprit is burrowing mayflies in cahoots with the zebra mussels. Every spring there is a large birth of mayflies in the western part of Lake Erie, which causes a ton of nutrient and contaminate filled sediment to be suspended and able to be filtered out by the Zebra Mussels. This would be great, but the muscles do not filter out the toxic contaminates, which are swept by current into the massive phosphorous rich algae blooms. This issue is getting worse, but solving this problem will take multiple steps. First we need to stop the runoff of the fertilizers and manures. All this is doing is feeding these blooms, making them larger and larger. The smaller the blooms the less contaminate will get trapped and carried through the water. Next if we can lower the population of the mayflies, which will make less sediment suspension in the spring months. Conquering these two challenges will start to turn out pollution of Lake Erie. -Ryan
  12. Crops can and are currently being grown to conserve water in certain locations hydroponics is running these advancements. We are currently having an issue in certain areas in that we are using water faster than it can be pumped back into its natural system and natural levels. We are using more now than we have in the past because or population has grown greatly, and our sizes of agricultural operations has grown as well causing a need of much more water being irrigated than ever before. When it comes to lake Erie's algal bloom has several factors at fault, going from both the farmers, and the residents with the blame. The sewers collect everything from used oils, to fertilizers, and metals, same thing accounting for the ditch banks and river beds of the agriculturalists farms. The ways to solve the lake Erie algal bloom is by conducting research, taking proactive steps, and helping the farmers improve there land usage. I would personally like to see nets placed at all of the large water dump areas from the street drains to catch any large objects.
  13. Hello, I would like to see multiple opinions on these three questions, and your responses, I have posted another 3 questions that are highly controversial. 1. How can crops be grown profitability and conserve water? 2. Discuss fresh water depletion. Where does it go, and why are we using larger amounts? 3. Who is to blame for contaminating Lake Erie? How can this be solved? Looking forward to seeing your responses.
  14. xerxa(OD)

    GRUSH

    nvm got one thanks 😃
  15. xerxa(OD)

    GRUSH

    Looking for a Grusher and a bumper to get my hammerdin rolling, I can rush for rush no problem. -Ryan
  16. Hey Badboi I found your reply very informative and with good depth and reasoning, thank you for posting the water usage graph its very useful. I cant wait to hear what you have to say MelodicRose.
  17. Hello, I would like to see multiple opinions on these three questions, and your responses. 1. Explain how surface water and ground water are connected and interaction through the seasons. 2. How is water used in agriculture and how does this ultimately influence water resources? 3. What do you feel is Michigan's agriculture most vital water resource, why is it important and how should it be protected?
  18. xerxa(OD)

    Hello

    Thank you Badboi, I hope you have a good weekend.
  19. xerxa(OD)

    Hello

    Thank you Dunn I'm glad to be here!
  20. xerxa(OD)

    Hello

    Cindy Im glad to meet you. I play D2 i am also xerxa on there. I will see you around.
  21. xerxa(OD)

    Hello

    My name is Ryan, I am 27 years old and spent 6 years in the US Army as a medic. I am out now and in the Michigan State University agriculture program. Ive been playing video games since i was just a little boy starting with old school D1 and warcraft 1-2. I am looking forward to hearing and meeting all of you. Have a wonderful weekend. -Ryan
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