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Seeding Annual Ryegrass in Manure Slurry

Tim Harrigan, University of Michigan associate professor and agronomist, has developed farm equipment to deliver cover crop seed as part of a tank of manure slurry. Livestock farmers have excess manure; planting a cover crop creates the perfect way to … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass – When to Plant and How Much is Enough?

If you use a no-till drill to plant annual ryegrass, you get better seed to soil contact, but the timing becomes crucial because of crop harvest variability. In the past few years, corn and bean harvests have been later and, … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass Roots…”Go Dig!”

“My cover crop wasn’t green this spring!” Don Wirth’s answer to what sounded to him like a complaint was, “Go dig!” His point: when annual ryegrass is established in the fall, it quickly sends roots down below a foot, even … 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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Late Spring Planting

Late Spring Crop Planting A wet spring and late planting aren’t necessarily a cause for gloomy predictions in the Midwest, according to Dan Towery. “Last year, the corn and beans were planted even later than this year, and there was … Continue reading

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Looking at Crimson Clover in Cover Crop Mix with Annual Ryegrass

  Looking at Crimson Clover in Cover Crop Mix with Annual Ryegrass Crimson clover’s peak potential to fix Nitrogen is just before it blooms. It can fix the most nitrogen (up to 135b/ac) in the soil at that time. But … 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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Annual Ryegrass as Haylage – More Profit and Protein

According to an article today in SE Farm Press, annual ryegrass is among the top quality forages available for livestock. Check out the article by clicking here:

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Killing Annual Ryegrass – Part 2

Annual ryegrass is a vigorous plant. Planted last summer or fall, the roots can be established to more than 5 feet into the soil. So, even if there’s only 6 – 8 inches of top growth, treat annual ryegrass as … Continue reading

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Annual Ryegrass Touted in SARE Cover Crop Videos

In a series of videos produced by Sustainable Ag Research & Education (SARE): called Cover Crop Innovators, Midwest farmers talk about their experience with annual ryegrass and other cover crops.Click here for the whole series: Or, click here to see … Continue reading

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