It’s what is on everyone’s mind this time of year. I’ve got a few suggestions and ideas of options, but the best way for me to answer this question is with another question…What’s your goal?

We can discuss goals personally or here another time. All rates are pounds per acre.

AFTER WHEAT HARVEST GOING TO CORN

Option 1 – Plant by Labor Day

*Radish at 1.5 lb

Winter Pea at 15 lb

Dwarf Rape at 1.5 lb

*Oats at 10 lb

Sweet clover or Woolypod Vetch at 4 lb (both survive wet areas)

*Sunflowers at 5 lb (optional)

Option 2 -Plant by Mid-September

*Radish 2 lb

Winter Pea 20 lb

*Oats 15 lb

Annual Ryegrass 5 lb

Option 3

*Radish 1.5 lb

Winter Pea 10 lb

Dwarf Rape 1.5 lb

*Sunn Hemp 5 lb

*Phacelia 1 lb

Sweet Clover 4 lb

Vetch 4 lb

*Cow Peas 10 lb or Soybeans 15 lb

*Sunflower 3 lb

Annual Ryegrass 4 lb

*For fields where water may pond during winter or early spring.*

AFTER WHEAT HARVEST GOING TO SOYBEANS

Plant by Mid-September

Cereal Rye at 30 lb

*Flax at 4 lb

*Radish at 1.5 lb

*Buckwheat at 5 lb                                                                                                                                                * indicates a winter kill species

INTO STANDING SOYBEANS GOING TO CORN

Option 1 -Plant by end of September

Woolypod Vetch 8 lb

Annual Ryegrass 5 lb

 

Option 2 -Plant by end of September

Dwarf Rape 3 lb

Crimson Clover 5 lb

Annual Ryegrass 5 lb

Cahaba Vetch 4 lb

AFTER SOYBEAN HARVEST GOING TO CORN

Option 1 -Plant by Oct 10

Cereal Rye 25 lb

Winter Peas 20 lb

Option 2 -Plant by Oct 15

Dwarf Rape 6 lb

Annual Ryegrass 8 lb

 

AFTER SOYBEAN/CORN HARVEST GOING TO SOYBEANS

Plant by Nov 1

Cereal Rye 60 lb

Whatever you do, plant as early as you can! Here’s why…two weeks difference is HUGE…the more the cover crops grow, the more benefits you get! Top picture is same blend of species, but planted two weeks earlier.
Early plant date

late plant date

Contact me if you have any questions or need additional recommendations! (419)447-7073

About Bret Margraf

As a Nutrient Technician, I spend my time helping farmers manage the nutrients necessary to grow crops, with a special emphasis on the economical and environmental concerns. I also help on grants and educational events. Sampling, analyzing, budgeting and visiting are what I do. I enjoy writing about precision farming technology, cover crops and being responsible citizens.

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