Rye CC after 8 weeks

After harvest the cereal rye cover crop is growing well. We’ve had a long warm fall allowing the rye to continue growing once the corn canopy is gone.

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We have about 6-8 inches of rye growth each place I checked on the farm.

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By the time planting time rolls around next May, this rye cover should be up higher than the corn stubble. Our intention is to keep the soil covered all winter which helps to prevent erosion, to retain nutrients on the farm rather than see them enter the watershed, and to increase our soil organic matter.

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