What’s everyone’s experience been on cover crops and no till?
Overall it seems like most people kinda like it..is it worth doing if you only partly no till? Or is it an all in deal? What’s people’s thoughts?
We have been all no-til and cover crops for 14 years. We have raise our OM between 1 -1.6 percent. In our case cereal rye ahead of soybeans...More
Do you have issues getting the seed trench to close on heavy clay soil with cover crops? Conditions have to be about perfect for us to get ...More
This was great insight
we use one cast **** closing wheel and one ************ closing wheel.
I have been trying to find someone who is planting cover crops at or about the same time as they plant their corn. Have you run into any iss...More
We plant all of our cover crops after corn and soybeans are harvested. The drill planting cover crops is usually 1 or 2 days behind the comb...More
Our experience is very similar to *****'s. We are located in SE Iowa. We've been no-till/conservation till for 30+ years, but added cover ...More
Where are you getting cover crop seed at good prices?
I know I am going to be a lightning rod here but:
cover crops are the essential oils of agriculture.
the only way to fix soil compaction l...More
Where did you learn the art?
In the field on my knees with a backhoe and a shovel
I am still learning. And will be until I die.
I have a consultant that travels from Ok...More
Every farm and farmer is different. If you commit to it and have educated yourself on covers and no-till it works great. You can have trai...More
Did no till the last time we had prevent plant worked very well , prevent plant again in 2019 hoping to do it again if it gets dry very heav...More
East central Minnesota heavy soil, hard for us to get warm enough and dry enough in my mind for no till , Hoping for the right conditions
We do same as ****, This past year we had 2 back to back 6"+ rains and had some terrace damage. the past 2 days I have been fixing the terra...More
Hey could you explain more about the patriot sprayer system you built? Have any pics? That peaks my interest! Would like to do the same..
I’m also interested to see your sprayer seeder, also how much rye do you blow out?
I will be happy to help you avoid the learning curve that I had. I usually plant about 50 to 60 lbs unless I am going for a seed crop and th...More
My neighbor 40 A drains accost a corner of my 40 A. He is till and I am no-till and cover crop. I built a catch pond (not big enough it stil...More
So you lose rye seed to slugs?
I split our farm with a tenant and plant beans no till on last years corn ground. I'm doing about 400 acres. of about 1200 acre farm. Tenant...More
We farm Perry Clay in SE Arkansas. We’ve been doing a cover crop for 9 years. We have increased our organic matter, with increased OM have ...More
I finally convinced my dad to try some no-till on our farm a few years back. As you can imagine, convincing a 70 year old man to completely ...More
I grow rye for seed and sell it to brokers. I’m curious what people are paying for seed and how they purchase in bulk, totes, or bags. I g...More
About $13/ bushel last fall in SE iowa. We buy in bulk and our dealer loads our seed tender from bags.
20 to 30 cents a lb what we been buying
About $15 for bagged rye
Current bid is $5 bu bin run or $6 bu cleaned, for $2 bu I can get cleaned bagged or totes.
yes our cereal rye cost 15$ a bag also. We bye enough to raise our own seed. I just run it though the combine twice. make the settings a lit...More
The picture of the ditch shows water from no-till and cover crop field on the right side, it is clear as drinking water. On the other side ...More
Has anyone had experience with cover crops in 16-17” rain fall area. I am primarily in winter wheat/ chem fallow rotation and 2 pass and no...More
Have you looked at Cover crop Strategies by ***********? He's done some teaching in that area. Has experience working with some ************...More
This will be our 3rd year using cover crops in about a 17 1/2” rainfall area. It works well but is completely weather dependent. We try to g...More
Think I will do some comparisons this year after harvest but we usually don’t get any rain here is SE Washington until September of any meas...More
The way I have look at it is if there is enough moisture for weeds to grow there is enough moisture for your cover crop to grow. But that ha...More
We are no till to a point. After our corn harvest we go in and VT it then spread manure, VT or Disk the manure in, Rip 13” deep, chisel 8” d...More
How are some of you guys gonna get a cover crop planted into corn stalks in a year like this? Also i understand being no till you don’t comp...More