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Interseeding Annual Ryegrass and other Cover Crops

Interseeding of annual ryegrass has been successful for the past five years in southern Quebec and continues to increase in use there, according to Dan Towery. Interseeding is the practice of planting a cover crop when the corn is about … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass Seed Dealers List Update

See below for a list of participating Oregon annual ryegrass seed growers, who grow annual ryegrass varieties tested and proven effective in Midwest locations, particularly for winter hardiness. The list has changed somewhat from last year. And this year, the … Continue reading

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Planting Annual Ryegrass – Tips for Success

The last blog post discussed the best planting dates for annual ryegrass, depending on whether you drill or broadcast with plane or high clearance equipment. Many others are broadcasting annual ryegrass seed (after corn harvest) mixed in with manure slurry. … Continue reading

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Get Your Annual Ryegrass Seed Soon

Last year, with the growth in use of cover crops, seed suppliers seemed to find themselves low on seed when July and August came around. While supplies seem stable now, it would be a good idea to lock in your … Continue reading

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Planting Annual Ryegrass into Knee High Corn

Interseeding Cover Crops in the Northern US In recent years, growers and agronomists in Canadian Province of Quebec have been creating a “game changer” in agriculture, with the addition of cover crops, according to Dan Towery. In northern latitudes, with … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass – Manage it Properly

Managing annual ryegrass is not rocket science…but it is all about science. Therefore, being precise about the process of killing the cover crop is important. In prior posts, you’ve learned about the timing, the weather, the proper mix of glyphosate, … Continue reading

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Killing Annual Ryegrass – Be Precise for Success

At every trade show and field day, we hear the story (thankfully, fewer times each year) about how “hard it is to kill annual ryegrass.” Invariably, when you ask a couple of specific questions, the problem becomes very clear. “In … Continue reading

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SARE Ties with DuPont-Pioneer on Cover Crops

In February, a select group of 300 cover crop experts gathered in Omaha to discuss the prospect of massively enlarging the number of cover crop acres in the Midwest. At present, there’s an estimated 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 acres of corn … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass at Commodity Classic – Feb 28

Annual ryegrass is among the most popular cover crops. As such, it will be among the key elements in a Cover Crop learning session at the Commodity Classic this year, in San Antonio, TX. The session will cover both the … Continue reading

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Cover Crop Learning Opportunities this Winter

In February, in Omaha, a cover crop symposium is attracting cover crop innovators, big seed dealers, seed growers and equipment company reps to discuss how to quickly grow the cover crop usage. Cover crops are now planted on approximately 2 … Continue reading

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