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Iron Archer
Posted 6/30/2020 07:34 (#8344710 - in reply to #8344665)
Subject: RE: Cover crops for a beginner

South Eastern VA
I’ve some friends that started cover cropping a while back and asked me for advice...I’m not an agronomist nor do I sell anything AG related so this is purely from my own trials and errors.

Start out with a handful of acres. I recommend oats so they will winter kill and you won’t be looking at them all winter thinking “What the hell am I gonna do in the spring when these oats are 7 ft tall?”

Ad some radishes in there since frost will kill them too. If you want a legume that will grow all winter then I like crimson clover. It survives our mild winters and then in the spring it will grow more, but nothing crazy so you have time to kill it or make other decisions.

I will also say the friends that started just a few years ago with covers are now planting green or planting into 7ft cereal rye with no till drills and planters.

Most of the newer planters are super heavy and can blast through a lot of biomass.
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