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Moocowmachine
Posted 5/15/2019 06:25 (#7498033 - in reply to #7497823)
Subject: RE: Big covers and floods


Massachusetts
We have land that if we are lucky only floods once per spring and once per fall. We had it grass intensively managed that did well. It started to get played out so we went with corn silage there. We suspected fertility issues and compaction problems. Gave a lot of thought to some heavy tillage but decided to no till and fly on cover of cereal rye. Great decision we think. Corn performed very well, roots diving deep just great corn. Rye does help hold things in place but our experience is that after spring floods the rye dies in certain spots. That being said we have witness no washing at all. Granted water isn’t moving too fast but the field has pretty good slope to it and it does t wash. I don’t think we would fare as well if we were doing tillage and/or no covers. I think we would have a mess on our hands. Seems we always gain some soil every year too which I won’t complain about. After fall flooding rye seems to keep right on growing when early spring arrives
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