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Cover Crop part 4

Cover Crop part 4

County Agent News
Dan Folske
October 27, 2014

 Cover Crops Continued

                Sweet Clover: A great choice for building soils and N levels. Also loosens both subsoil and topsoil. Can be interseeded into mature crop to provide fall cover. A biennial which can be a good hay crop the following year. Would need to be terminated by tillage or herbicide prior to planting a spring crop.  Can be a potential bloat problem for grazing and mould when haying can cause a coumarin poison problem. Blossoms are great bee forage for honey production.

                Buckwheat: Very rapid growth, great for short fall window of time. Great weed fighter, often used by organic producers to lower weed pressure in following crops.

                Mustard: Good short season fall cover crop with rapid growth and some frost tolerance. Good N scavenger.

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