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Cover Crops

cover crops after winter wheat in wisconsin
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07/ 6/2009 - 12:38 P
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Timothy Fichtel
I am looking for any information on cover crops after winter wheat. we farm in south central wisconsin. How long should I wait after wheat harvest? Burn down of weeds? Liquid manure application? What crops? I am looking for something to build the soil and add nitrogen as will no till corn the next spring



Thanks Tim Fichtel
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07/ 7/2009 - 6:10 P
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Donald Vine
Last year I planted asterian winter peas with some clover. It was the first time I tried peas and the corn looks great. The stand is good and has looked great all year. The peas didn't make the winter but some did make it. The feild was much mellowere then in years past. This year we are going to try alafala and peas. We farm in centeral wisconsin.
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07/ 7/2009 - 6:10 P
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Donald Vine
Last year I planted asterian winter peas with some clover. It was the first time I tried peas and the corn looks great. The stand is good and has looked great all year. The peas didn't make the winter but some did make it. The feild was much mellowere then in years past. This year we are going to try alafala and peas. We farm in centeral wisconsin.
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07/ 8/2009 - 12:18 P
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Timothy Fichtel
Thanks for the information. I have heard and been thinking about the forage radishes. Can anyone tell me a seeding rate? Will they survive the winter? If so will a burn down in the spring kill them?

Tim Fichtel
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07/ 8/2009 - 3:05 P
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Brian Sneeringer
Forage radishes are a good cover crop helping alleve compaction, scavenge extra nitrogen and helps keep weed pressure low. Planting rates are 8-12 lbs per acre. They will winter kill after a few days of high 20's temperature. I think you'll see that in your area LOL. The radishes are not a legume so they will not make nitrogen but they do capture any there and release it pretty quickly the following spring. I would look at clover, hairy vetch or a winter pea if you want a legume to make nitrogen. Do a search for "SARE Managing Cover Crops for Profitability". It is a free download publication that gives a lot of good cover crop information and covers many different species to consider. I encourage you to consider your goal with a cover crop as you consider what to plant. Also, don't get caught up in all these different species and mixes. Planting something is always better than planting nothing ecspecially in a situation where the field will lay fallow for a long period of time such as will be the case with your wheat ground. Here in Adams County PA, I've see the most successful cover crop plantings in wheat stubble start with a clean field and planted as soon as possible after harvest. Good luck. Brian
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08/27/2009 - 9:33 P
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Ed Winkle
I have tried a bunch and get the best results with www.tillageradish.com after wheat for corn or beans next year. There are many good options depending on your goals.
  

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