To plant green or to plant brown? Rye cover crop termination timing before soybeans

cereal rye,cover crop

Go here for the updated version of this article. Cereal rye has several strengths as a cover crop option. It’s relatively inexpensive and easy to kill. Rye improves soil structure, builds organic matter and helps protect against water and wind erosion. It also competes with weeds, as Mike Cowbrough has written here (see Figure 1). […]

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Annual rye-grass and clover sensitivity to soil applied corn herbicides

by: Dr. Darren Robinson (University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus) and Mike Cowbrough (OMAFRA) There is interest in inter-seeding annual ryegrass and clover into corn (Figure 1). Research studies have been done in the United States and Canada to determine the tolerance of cover crops to various soil applied corn herbicides.  This article provides an overview […]

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Cover Crop Options for Wet Soils

Co-authored by Anne Verhallen, Soil Management Specialist, OMAFRA After a wet spring and a number of heavy rains there are fields with drowned crop or in some cases fields that have not been planted. Rather than let the weeds grow this offers an opportunity for soil improvement with cover crops. Wet holes or depressional areas […]

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Cover Crop Options for 2015

There are many opportunities to include cover crops in the rotation. The goal is to keep the soil covered with at least 30% crop, cover crop or residue, 100% of the time. A second goal is to have living roots in the soil as much as possible. Research at University of Guelph, Ridgetown Campus has […]

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