Posted 4/14/2019 15:41 (#7439101 - in reply to #7438989) Subject: RE: Cover crop experiment
Eastern Shore of MD
Clover $1/lb x 12 = $12.00
Radish $1.25/lb x 3 = $ 3.75
Barley - we grew = $ 8.00
Aerial seeding= $18.00
Total $41.75, so adds up quite a bit, but would need to net out chisel plow and finishing pass ahead of planter on the worked portion of the field.
Since we also are in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed cover crops are a big deal and we get paid to plant them. About 50% of farm land in state is planted to cover crops annually. This mix aerial seeded would qualify for a payment of $45/acre. Above mix is part of an experiment by Dr. Ray Weil of U of MD and the mix is little different than state cover crop requirements. Experiment is measuring in part, pore water concentrations of nitrate three foot down in soil profile.
Have made some contacts to try to get bulk mixes to lower cost this yr but not sure if it will work out.
Came up pretty well in most areas but this is an irrigated field so it had good moisture at seeding. We also drilled the same mix in part of the field right after harvest but it does not have near the growth and will not catch up this year.