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Planted a Egyptian Wheat/Sorghum screen for the first time this year and was very impressed with how it turned out.

What should my next step be to clean it up & prepare for next year?

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I usually bush hog ours just before I disk it. This year I may try a section earlier in the winter in hopes that the stalks break down a little more making it easier to work up in the spring.


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The trash left behind is the worst part of EW. I brush hog and disc mine, but the past (2) years I've planted my succeeding screen row next to the previous screen, it's much easier this way.
 

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The best way IMO is to rotate between two planting strips. Let the prior year go fallow and plant the other. The one left fallow will break down and be much, much easier to mow and disc the following season. In the mean time it may also provide habitat for small game and non-game species.

Also, if you keep planting the same spot with the same species over and over, the chances of pest or disease rise.
 

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In the past we have just tilled ours under either with the disc or with the tiller depending on what we were using at the time. It may take an extra pass or two but in our experience it hasn't been a big issue.

I don't know why I never really thought about rotating the screen location but I should probably do that this upcoming season just to avoid issue. We've planted it in the same rows for 3 seasons now.
 

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If planting in the same row from last years EW you will need to provide additional nitrogen to help break down all the carbon from the previous year EW that is disced into the soil.

EW is already a big consume of nitrogen to begin with. Without the additional nitrogen the new EW planted in the old location could be stunted.
 

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Could'nt you just spray the area in the spring to kill any weeds that may crop up before planting and then just broadcast seed back down. I would think that the seed would find its way into the nooks and crannies under the dead matter and germinate?
 
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