Category Archives: Dan’s Digs

Check out the Ryegrass Videos – lots of great info for beginners!

Some years back, the Oregon Ryegrass Commission produced a series of nine videos that detail aspects of growing annual ryegrass as a cover crop. Here are the links to the first videos in the two series: Annual Ryegrass – Discovering … Continue reading

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Soil Health Partnership Promotes Cover Crops

The Soil Health Partnership is into its second full year, developing a network of farms in the Midwest that continue to innovate management practices. The Partnership is a combination of effort funded by Monsanto and the Walton Foundation and organized … Continue reading

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Cover Crop Market News – Oregon and Midwest

The Winter 2015 edition of Oregon Seed magazine discusses the trend in cover crop seed sales in the Midwest. The quote is from Dan Towery, an independent cover crop consultant and longtime conservation tillage educator.   For his part, Mike Plumer … Continue reading

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Cover Crops – Annual Ryegrass Sales Grow Even in Bad Weather

Cover cropping continues to grow in popularity and in acreage simply because it builds soil quality, improves yields and adds to profits. That mother nature doesn’t always cooperate hasn’t diminished the appetite for producers seeking to get on the most … Continue reading

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Russian Livestock Plan Calls for Cover Crops

Russia has moved into mega farming of livestock, and a lot of American advisers have helped them along the way. Here’s an article segment from Beef magazine, from its June 2014 issue. The article introduces readers to Miratorg, a “vertically … Continue reading

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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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