Cover crop 2014

We have flown on oats and tillage radishes into standing soybeans. With the rains we have had over the last two weeks, the seed has germinated quickly. Both the oats and the tillage radishes will probably die over the winter. It will be interesting to see how much growth they will make before killing frost. We hope to have a good cover of vegetation over the winter. The radishes may offer good wildlife feed also.

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Young oats shoots and radish plants are just emerging from the 2013 corn stubble. The 2014 crop is soybeans which you can see on the left. The beans are at least several weeks away from being ready for harvest.

Here we are a week later. The oats and tillage radishes are showing more growth. We had some sunny days and another .5 inches of rain since last weekend.

Here we are a week later, September 21. The oats and tillage radishes are showing more growth. We had some sunny days and another .5 inches of rain since last weekend. The beans are clearly drying down fast. I would guess that depending on weather, harvest is about 10 days away.

Here we are on September 27, at 26 days after seeding, and the oats and tillage radishes are doing well.

At 26 days, the oats and tillage radishes stand looks strong. In this time, according to my rain gauge at the farm, we have received exactly three (3)  inches of rain. On September 2, when we seeded, we had just received rain the day before as well.

At 26 days, the oats and tillage radishes stand looks strong. In this time, according to my rain gauge at the farm, we have received exactly three (3) inches of rain. On September 2, when we seeded, we had just received rain the day before as well.

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