I visited with a producer in Northeast Indiana that is in year 2 of interseeding cereal rye into his corn while he is applying liquid 28% nitrogen.Read More
by Jeremy Sweeten
Cover crops are known for producing and releasing nitrogen when terminated.
Below is a link to an article on research done in southern Illinois comparing the quantity and release timing of hairy vetch (a nitrogen producer) and cereal rye (a nitrogen scavenger). As a cover crop seed purchaser, it is important to know how to maximize the benefit of cover crops for the row crops.
Nitrogen is one the most expensive inputs for corn. If you are not doing so, consider letting cover crops provide some of the nitrogen for you.
Click here to read the full article.
One other very significant benefit you get from your cover crop is that of soil structure. In the video below, Abbey Wick from NDSU Extension Service demonstrates the benefit of cover crops (and their residue) on handling traffic in your field. The difference between cover crop soils and non-cover crop soils is astounding.
Graze King 90 is a fall planted cereal grain that can be used as a forage in the following spring. Planting dates range from September to late November, depending on your latitude and growing conditions. Cereal rye is very adaptable because of its ability to be planted very late in the fall yet have outstanding winterhardiness.Read More
High Clearance seeded Aug 20th, seed corn harvested September 8th. Very dry at seeding, then 1/4 inch of rain, right after seeding and no rain for 2 weeks. It seemed we got germination and then total failure . . . 36 inches roots tell us otherwise . . .Read More
On September 9, this farmer seeded cereal rye and radish into standing corn. The seeding rate was 48 pounds per acre. Part of the field was harvested before October 16th, and then the rest of it was harvested on October 23rd.Read More
If you've ever thought about planting soybeans into cereal rye but haven't seen it done, the following videos may be helpful.Read More