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  1. Hand weeding in my 36 years of farming experience had a devastating effect on morale. Even the most idealistic employee had a low tolerance for this mule work so I hated sending my employees out to hoe. Most who suggest hand weeding have watched hand weeding, never done much.

    Rotary combines chop straw into very small pieces, great for livestock bedding and spreading, lousy if you want strong bales to sit on. We have just one conventional combine left here that produces long straw which makes strong straw bales. My point is: straw is now a much better option for mulching crops. It spreads easily by machine, breaks down much faster, Machine spreading creates ar4ain of mulch, easily directed so no need to move it around he crop. Straw in small grain areas is vey cheap.
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