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Discing Coastal

Post by pwldrp » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:27 am

What is the best time of year to disc coastal to "wake it up"?



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Re: Discing Coastal

Post by Texasmark » Thu Nov 08, 2018 7:47 am

Right before a rain ensuring that the disturbed roots and soil get some moisture to enhance the "wake up" process. Wouldn't do it now, wait till spring and the cold weather is abating. You didn't say where you are located. Here in N. Tx. it would be in April when the ground is dry enough to cooperate and the rain is on it's way. Disc it to suit you and come back with a chain harrow and smooth everything out. If fertilizer is in the plan, broadcast it and then do the above. Coastal loves N. Feed it and it will reward you.

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Re: Discing Coastal

Post by BC » Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:33 am

Texasmark wrote:Right before a rain ensuring that the disturbed roots and soil get some moisture to enhance the "wake up" process. Wouldn't do it now, wait till spring and the cold weather is abating. You didn't say where you are located. Here in N. Tx. it would be in April when the ground is dry enough to cooperate and the rain is on it's way. Disc it to suit you and come back with a chain harrow and smooth everything out. If fertilizer is in the plan, broadcast it and then do the above. Coastal loves N. Feed it and it will reward you.

Texasmark gave good advice. If you are in sandy soils, adding potassium will help enhance the stand. If this is a hay field, consider split applying the potassium.

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Re: Discing Coastal

Post by pwldrp » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:28 pm

Located in east Texas. Thanks

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Re: Discing Coastal

Post by Texasmark » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:13 am

BC wrote:
Texasmark wrote:Right before a rain ensuring that the disturbed roots and soil get some moisture to enhance the "wake up" process. Wouldn't do it now, wait till spring and the cold weather is abating. You didn't say where you are located. Here in N. Tx. it would be in April when the ground is dry enough to cooperate and the rain is on it's way. Disc it to suit you and come back with a chain harrow and smooth everything out. If fertilizer is in the plan, broadcast it and then do the above. Coastal loves N. Feed it and it will reward you.

Texasmark gave good advice. If you are in sandy soils, adding potassium will help enhance the stand. If this is a hay field, consider split applying the potassium.


Back in the '60's Texas soil producing capability was pretty much "Cottoned Out". A group of local businessmen and some PhDs from Texas A&M College (back then before becoming TAMU) got together and formed the "Agricultural Research Station as Renner" (Renner, Tx. now encircled by Plano).

The test station was a plantation sort of thing with many test fields where they did hands on research as to what worked and what didn't and how did it work in looking for solutions to the poor soil problem. I have a hard bound copy of the results of several years of their tests.

On your comment about some "P" too, they proved without a doubt that N without P is like washing your hands without soap. K was a readily available basic nutrient already in the soil and PH was slightly alkaline so adding K and Lime weren't necessary for their testing but as we all know NPK and neutral PH is a requirement.

But, with regard to my comment. Extra N can get you 10x in return on your investment if everything else is present.

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Re: Discing Coastal

Post by Caustic Burno » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:50 pm

Your wasting your time here without lime in this county. I have yet to find a plot in this thicket that isn’t acidic.
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Re: Discing Coastal

Post by BC » Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:16 pm

Texasmark wrote:
BC wrote:
Texasmark wrote:Right before a rain ensuring that the disturbed roots and soil get some moisture to enhance the "wake up" process. Wouldn't do it now, wait till spring and the cold weather is abating. You didn't say where you are located. Here in N. Tx. it would be in April when the ground is dry enough to cooperate and the rain is on it's way. Disc it to suit you and come back with a chain harrow and smooth everything out. If fertilizer is in the plan, broadcast it and then do the above. Coastal loves N. Feed it and it will reward you.

Texasmark gave good advice. If you are in sandy soils, adding potassium will help enhance the stand. If this is a hay field, consider split applying the potassium.


Back in the '60's Texas soil producing capability was pretty much "Cottoned Out". A group of local businessmen and some PhDs from Texas A&M College (back then before becoming TAMU) got together and formed the "Agricultural Research Station as Renner" (Renner, Tx. now encircled by Plano).

The test station was a plantation sort of thing with many test fields where they did hands on research as to what worked and what didn't and how did it work in looking for solutions to the poor soil problem. I have a hard bound copy of the results of several years of their tests.

On your comment about some "P" too, they proved without a doubt that N without P is like washing your hands without soap. K was a readily available basic nutrient already in the soil and PH was slightly alkaline so adding K and Lime weren't necessary for their testing but as we all know NPK and neutral PH is a requirement.

But, with regard to my comment. Extra N can get you 10x in return on your investment if everything else is present.

I am familiar with the Renner Center's work. It is based on blackland soils. My suggestion about potassium (K) was based on demonstration work here in Van Zandt County on sandy soils.

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