Growing Cover Crops with a Cash Crop
Cronin Farm’s innovative no-till system integrates both cover crops and livestock grazing (see Next Step: Adding a Cover Crop to a No Till System). With support from SARE, Forgey has found several cover crop mixes that work well for his situation. In this companion video, Forgey describes his ongoing research with cover crops, this time looking at how they might be grown in sync with a cash crop of corn. A forage soybean variety developed by Dwayne Beck of South Dakota State University showed excellent results, with corn yields of 60-80 bushels per acre without chemical fertilizer.
Download an illustration of the rotations used at Cronin Farms:
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) FNC06-615, Utilizing Late Season Cover Crops in a No-Till System.
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