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will a rolling harrow work to incorporate fall seeded rye into corn and soybean stubble?

Looking into using an Unverferth 1645 rolling harrow with the air seeder attachment for fall seeding rye cover crop in Iowa. Have been hiring it done by a guy with a Landoll drill but cover enough acres that it’s getting pretty spendy. Advantages to the harrow look to be superior speed, lower purchase price and cost of operation of the harrow but wonder if I would be happy with the stand. We’re 100% no-till so would be harrowing into bean stubble and corn stalks. Any advice appreciated.

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Verified FBN Member (IA)

******, that photo today is awesome. I'm going to price out a harrow w seeder and head down that path. I appreciate everyone's comments. Have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2023.


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Verified FBN Member (IN)

80 lbs/ acre broadcast.

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Verified FBN Member (IN)

This photo is looking down on the rye grass. Most of the 220 BPA corn residue is gone.

Verified FBN Member (IN)

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Previous crop was corn. We broadcast seeded it the 2nd week of October then hit it with the rolling basket.

Verified FBN Member (IA)

Looks great. What was the previous crop and when was this field seeded. Appreciate your help, I'd be real happy with results like this.


Verified FBN Member (WI)

IF you have a VT it does a great job. Don't need more than a inch of blade in soil

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We are using a double rolling basket, it does get the rye grass seed down to the dirt. Works well even in heavy corn residue. Helps with getting corn stalks broke down also. I will try to get a picture later today.

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Thanks for your input. A picture would be great. All over fall cover crops in this area aren't doing well this spring. Too dry to get good germ. I saw a rolling basket fall seeded field. Growth and stand we're on par w drilled but both were poor. Like that we could cover ground cheap and quick, that may trump a better stand w a drill.


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That is similar to what we do. We broadcast cereal rye at 60 lbs/ acre, then come back with a double rolling basket to mix it in with the residue. Stand is decent but not as good as drilling it. We cover a lot of acres quickly which is more important to me.

The pictures are 80lbs/ acre.

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I have a 37’ J&M. This is not mine, but like it. I would recommend the leveling harrow that is attached just in front of the baskets. They are an option.

Verified FBN Member (NE)

******; What type/brand of rolling basket are you talking about and do you have a picture of it? Thanks. I've been no-till for several years and cover crops but like ***** said the dryness, the stand isn't the best this year.

Verified FBN Member (IA)

Thanks for the input. Does the harrow leave a suitable seedbed for no till into both corn stalk and soybean residue?


Verified FBN Member (MO)

following!

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