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Using Cover Crops in TMR


BEHIND AVERAGE ACROSS OUR STATE… ROUGHLY 18 PERCENT OF THE CROP IS NOW DENTED. AS YOU ARE MAKING PLANS FOR FALL HARVEST – NOW IS A GOOD TIME TO START SCOUTING WHICH COVER CROPS WILL WORK BEST FOR YOUR FIELDS. 21;27;21;03 ONE OF THE BIGGEST REASONS WE ARE INTERESTED IN PLANTING RYE AFTER CORN IS FOR THE CONSERVATION VALUE. CORN PROVIDES A VERY HIGHLY DIGESTABLE NUTRIENT FOR DAIRY OR BEEF CATTLE, ITS A GOOD ECONOMIC SOURCE OF FEED, BUT DOESNT LEAVE MUCH CROP RESIDUE TO COVER SOIL. WE WANT TO GET A WINTER COVER CROP TO HOLD THE SOIL IN PLACE AND KEEP THEM FROM RUNNING OFF. SO IF WE CAN MAKE THAT RYE A VALUABLE FORAGE CROP AS WELL AS A COVER CROP, THAT IS WHAT WE ARE AFTER. VALUE ADDED FOR FARMERS – WHO ARE EXPERIEMENTING WITH ADDING COVER CROPS TO THE RATIONS FOR THEIR COWS. 21;27;03;13 WE CAN REPLACE MOST OF ALL OF THE ALFAFLA AS LONG AS IT HAS A RELATIVE FORAGE VALUE AROUND 145. 21;20;11;28 YOU CAN HARVEST IT. IF YOU ARE TRYING TO REPLACE ALFALFA IN A LACTATING COW DIET IF YOU’RE RUNNING SHORT, HARVET IT AT THE EARLIER STAGE TO HAVE THE QUALITY TO FEED THOSE COWS. SO WHEN IS AN IDEAL TIME TO GET THESE COVER CROPS IN THE GROUND? 21;25;25;21 IF WE CAN GET THE RYE PLANTED IN LATE SEPTEMBER THROUGH OCTOBER 5TH WE ARE USUSALLY SOMEWHERE IN BETWEEN ONE AND THREE TONS OF DRY MATTER PER ACRE. MWELLS THAT HARVEST AN ADDED BONUS TO THE SOIL BENEFITS. 21;23;58;24 WE ARE KEEPING A LIVE ROOT LONGER IN THE SOIL.THEY ARE ALSO ADDING CARBON TO THE SOIL. BY PROMOTING BUILD THE SOIL AND HELPING THE FERTILITY OF THAT SOIL. WE FOUND SOME BIG DIFFERENCES WHEN WE HAD THAT COVER CROP. BETTER AGRICATUION INCREASE IN ORGANC MATTER AND MICROBIAL INDICATORS THAT TELL ME THE HEALTH OF THAT SOIL. 21;22;16;04 THE SURFACE COVER CROP REALLY REDUCED EROSION UP TO 50% DEPENDING ON THE TIME OF THE YEAR. WITH THAT WE SAW GREAT REDUCTION IN RUNOFF, SEDIMENT LOSS AND PHOSPHOROUS RUNOFF WAS REDUCED. MWELLS NEW NUMBERS SHOW THE HEMP MARKET

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