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Posted 11/24/2021 21:45 (#9339675 - in reply to #9338546)
Subject: RE: High Plains cover crop in fallow

north central kansas
Not sure where you are located but here on the line between NW KS and NC KS where there is still a fair amount of summer fallow, I have used oats as a cover crop into my milo stalks that typically would have been summer fallow before wheat. I try to kill it off at boot but sometimes it goes a bit beyond. Just don't want viable seed to take valuable moisture later. If done right, it works. This year oats planted in early April due to too wet spring and then sprayed down in mid June with glyphosate and dicamba. Did not spray again until just before wheat planting. As dry as we were all summer, that oats straw made a beautiful mulch and ground cover that was perfect for planting wheat into. Does not always work that way. I raise my own oats so it keeps costs down. Plant about 50# or so of oats and works well. We have been notill for about 10 years and the past several with more cover crops have been more resilient than the years we just sprayed the summer fallow.
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