August 12, 2019: Don’t Forget Cover Crops This Fall

August 12, 2019

Application season is wrapping up in my area and I think everyone is about to get a much needed break from row crops before we get into harvest. This year has had some very big challenges for growers but overall the condition of the crops I have been in the last few weeks look pretty good considering what we went through getting them planted.

I want to take a little time to discuss the importance of cover crops. Cover crops are a growing practice in this area and have many benefits that we can take advantage of. There are a lot of options for cover crops out there from simple cereal grains like rye or wheat to complex mixtures of cereals, legumes, brassicas ect.

In a year where we had excessive rains early like the spring we experienced having a cover crop on a field to reduce erosion is a very good thing to have. Also using a cover crop on prevent planted ground can help suppress weeds through the rest of this summer and fall as well as protect us from running into issues on that ground next year such as what is known as fallow syndrome.

If you are considering trying a cover crop for the first time, or have used them in the past years it might be a good idea to get seed booked for these acres early as some products are in short supply this season due to prevent plant acres. As always if you have questions about cover crops contact your local SFG agronomist we would be happy to work with you to get a cover crop or mix to fit your acres.
 
Posted: 8/12/2019 8:27:37 AM by Rob Matherly | with 0 comments