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Posted 4/14/2019 19:15 (#7439487 - in reply to #7439269)
Subject: RE: Real World cover crop

Eastern Missouri
We are only a few years into cover cropping. We have been growing our own cereal rye the bast couple years and let me tell ain’t easy. It’s probably a break even endeavor vs buying it but I digress.

Erosion control is better than non cover systems. No ill effects yield wise from doing on ahead we forge. Last year we did a three species mix of 12.5 lbs rye, 12.5 lbs wheat and 3-5 lbs tillage radish behind corn and strait rye behind beans.

We use our 15” Deere air seeder to no till it in the stubble.

Odd fall for us after the 9th of October...very cold and wet. Delayed bean harvest and wheat/cover crop seeding so we had establishment problems. The earliest seeded fields look the best by far. We will be terminating in the next two weeks and planting before during and after depending on field conditions and weather.

It is no doubt it costs some money and I stated in a thread last week, the jury is still out on whether it pays back enough to cover its cost...

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