Cover crop is growing and the hay is in the barn

Nine days after we aerial seeded cereal rye into standing corn, the rye is 2-3 inches tall already. The 2.6″ rain we had a day after we seeded certainly helped the germination of the rye seed.

Nine day old cereal rye is growing well under the corn canopy. After harvest next month the rye will continue to grow until a hard frost. The it will stay dormant over the winter and begin growing again next spring.

Nine day old cereal rye is growing well under the corn canopy. After harvest next month the rye will continue to grow until a hard frost. Then it will stay dormant over the winter and begin growing again next spring. Cover crops benefit the soil by (1) increasing organic matter, (2) sequestering a percentage of the nutrients so they don’t end up in our watershed, (3) cover the soil over the winter which helps to reduce topsoil erosion, and (4) compete with weeds in the spring.

With the Dylan’s help we put 187 bales of weedy alfalfa in the barn on Sunday. Brian and Zach and my brother all helped wrangle the bales. We started at 5 and finished by 7 p.m.

We made 187 bales off of five acres. This is the first year for this field. We expect 3 good cutting next year.

We made 187 bales from five acres. This is the first year for this field. We expect 3 good cuttings (crops) next year. We seeded about 10% orchard grass with the alfalfa. The alfalfa is known as a 7th generation potato leaf hopper resistant variety. This is important since the alternative is to spray an insecticide like Sevin, which kills all insects in the field, both beneficial and harmful.

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