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Cover Crops 101 – Part II

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Posted On: May 17, 2018 by Home State Bank in: General

Cover Crops 101 – Part II By: Gerry Stein In the previous blog, cover crops were introduced. Examples of four general groups of plants; small grains, cool season grasses, brassicas, and legumes were discussed as plants utilized for cover crop seed. In this blog three different seeding methods will be reviewed examining advantages and disadvantages of each. Management strategies, from the seeding of the cover crop to the planting of the row crop will also be considered. Seeding methods include drilling seed directly into the soil. Drilling would take place after the current soybean or corn crop has been harvested. No till drills are designed to plant directly into heavy crop residue. This is the most effective way to get uniform seed depth and establish good seed to soil contact for the fastest, most consistent emergence. If temperatures remain warm, and if there is adequate soil moisture, the cover crop will produce a denser stand which can also help with weed suppression.