Tag: hairy vetch
Cover crops may not be just for corn and soybeans. Cover crops and summer annual forage mixes can provide a host of benefits to annual cropping systems: add biodiversity, reduce soil erosion, reduce nutrient loss, increase soil organic matter and reduce weed pressure. Dave and Meg Schmidt, who raise cattle and crops near Exira in Audubon […]
October 26, 2016
In a Nutshell
• Cover crops and summer annual
forage mixes can provide a host of
benefits to annual cropping systems:
add biodiversity, reduce soil erosion,
reduce nutrient loss, increase soil
organic matter and reduce weed pressure.
• Dave and Meg Schmidt evaluated the
effect of applying chicken litter to a
cereal rye + hairy vetch cover crop
and grazing the cover crop ahead of
establishing a summer annual forage
• Grazing the cereal rye + hairy vetch
cover crop resulted in more biomass
production than where not grazed.
• The application of chicken litter did
not affect cover crop growth or summer
annual forage biomass production.
• Hairy vetch in the cover crop successfully
established (seeded in late August
2015) and may have contributed a
substantial amount of N to the succeeding
summer annual forage crop.
October 25, 2016
Objective: Quantify the agronomic and economic effect on corn yields receiving a high and low nitrogen rate following a two different green manure cover crop mixes seeded after cereal rye harvest.
June 28, 2016
Objective: 1) Should chicken litter be applied to cereal rye+hairy vetch cover crop to maximize cover crop biomass and provide N for the summer annual forage mix? 2) How will fall grazing of the cover crops affect performance the following year ahead of the summer forage mix?
Ever wondered about terminating a cover crop without using herbicides or tillage? Rolling a cover crop (or roll-crimping) may be something for you to think about. Three PFI members share their experience with using this technique in the article “Rolling Cover Crops” in the March issue of Wallaces Farmer. When done correctly (more on this in […]
March 17, 2016
This fall has been an especially good one for cover crops. Ample moisture and temperatures (it’s been in the 70s in central Iowa the past few days!). Below are photos taken today (Nov. 4) of experimental plots at Jeremy Gustafson’s farm. Jeremy’s farm in Boone County is one of the locations in the Cover Crop Variety […]
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