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Cover Crops – Nothing Sells Like Success

Mike Plumer put in cover crop demonstration plots at the Farm Progress Show this year. Imagine, growing a test plot on the no-till Fairgrounds (Decatur, IL) in wheat mulch. Imagine planting a cover crop in the Spring and hoping to … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass Popular at Farm Progress Show

By MITCH LIES Cover crops were center stage at the 2013 Farm Progress Show Aug. 27 – 29 in Decatur, IL. Prominent among them was annual ryegrass. The emphasis on cover crops mirrors the skyrocketing interest in annual ryegrass and … Continue reading

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Where To Buy Annual Ryegrass Seed

Many people ask us where to buy annual ryegrass seed for use as a cover crop in the Midwest. We’ve finally put together a list. Click here to access information. In a recent post, you were invited to download a … Continue reading

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Planting Annual Ryegrass as a Cover Crop

In most places in the Midwest, August and early September are the ideal times to plant your cover crop. Many are using aerial application while corn and soybeans are still in the field. Drilling is still preferred in some parts, … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass as a Cover Crop and Forage

Check out this current article about use of annual rygrass as a forage and cover crop, in Farm and Dairy magazine.  

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New Annual Ryegrass Management Guide for 2014

A new, comprehensive management guide for planting Oregon annual ryegrass as a Midwest cover crop is available now. CLICK HERE for a pdf download. Updated from last year, this guide includes new information about seeding rates, tips on best control … Continue reading

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Crop Yield Gains with Cover Crops

SARE (Sustainable Ag Research & Education) released a study of cover crop useage over the past 5 years. Read below, proof positive of the value in both crop yield and soil health. Best yet, the results are those reported by … Continue reading

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Seeding Rate for Annual Ryegrass Cover Crop Varies

In past years, we’ve published pretty standardized rates for seeding annual ryegrass into corn and soybeans. The rates vary from about 12 llb/ac (drilling) to 25 lb/ac if broadcast or aerial seeding. Click here to go to our four-page management … Continue reading

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New Annual Ryegrass Publications

The Oregon Ryegrass Commission has published three helpful new flyers to aid in your selection and management of annual ryegrass as a cover crop. 1. Selection of Annual Ryegrass 2. 2014 Annual Ryegrass Management Guide – “Quick” 2-pager 3. 2013 … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass Features in Summer Cover Crop Activities

The Indiana-based Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative was awarded $750,000 (Conservation Innovation Grant) to further quantify the value of cover crops – including annual ryegrass – in the Midwest over the next 3 years. The money has already been used to … Continue reading

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