Posted 11/25/2021 09:30 (#9340306 - in reply to #9339675) Subject: RE: High Plains cover crop in fallow
All good points and makes sense. We did plant a field to oats last spring for the purpose of haying - which we did. It was not really intended as a cover crop. However, we had a little moisture in early September and decided to plant some triticale into the oats. Perhaps due the very dry July/August period there were no weeds at all and did not even spray that feild at all for the entire year. The triticale is actually looking pretty good right now. A handfull of timely showers helped as well.
We have done the same in the past 2 years, however and planted wheat into oat stubble. The following wheat yield was horrible so it will be interesting to see what the triticale does. One difference is that we put down dry fertilizer with the triticale.
Leaving the oats and terminating in June is an interesting concept that we will consider. Just hard not to go out and get some bales especially in a year when we were concerned about having enough hay for the winter.