No-Till Magazine’s article on cover crops is more cautionary than informative: it is helpful in advising Midwest corn and soybean growers to know where your cover crop seed comes from and make sure that what’s on the label is actually in the bag. You want something growing in your field that is genetically well-matched for the climate and soil.
Among the most popular cover crops featured: annual ryegrass, radish and clover. The article cites the importance of having a state where seed is grown to have some research and industry education behind the production and distribution of seed. The author mentions the Oregon Ryegrass Commission, for example, which has sponsored annual ryegrass research and farmer education in the Midwest for 15 years.
Success in developing a good cover crop program takes a trusted relationship…with your seed dealer, with your local crop advisors. Click here to see the whole article.