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Discussion Board - Re: Cover crops

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paul

10-13-2012 22:24:35
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Cover crops are difficult up here, nothing will grow any more, it's been down to 20 degrees. To dry for anything to sprout anyhow.

I plant some with the oats in early spring, the clover had a tough time this year with the dry, some alfalfa came through, and the turnips did ok. Was just too dry for all thiat.

Just finished paging through my last Successful Farmer - they hadan Iowa stuy in there, turns out a 3 year rotation of corn, beansm and oats with colver was the most profitable over the long haul, beat out the typical corn/soy rotation. While they grossed less, they profited more.

Huh, here my old dumb ways might be right after all..... The neighbors can go ahead and laugh... :)

--->Paul

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Animal

10-14-2012 07:53:30
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 Re: Cover crops in reply to paul, 10-13-2012 22:24:35  
Paul, what do you do with your oats? Do you harvest them, hay them or use them for a plow down?



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paul

10-14-2012 09:02:52
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 Re: Cover crops in reply to Animal, 10-14-2012 07:53:30  
I swath and combine the oats.

Bale the straw off.

I feed the oats to my cattle. I often have a wagon or 2 extra, sell to the coop down the road. They have a feed mill, buy oats.

This year had 2 fellas call, wanting to buy oats from me. Was a bad hailstorm couple miles north of me in June, wiped out sa lot of crop, beat up their oats.

A 5 acre patch of the cover crop/ oat stubble I typically graze this time of year. Cows on turnips - now there is an aroma. :)

--->Paul

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Animal

10-14-2012 15:18:33
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 Re: Cover crops in reply to paul, 10-14-2012 09:02:52  
Here is a thought for you, I tried it this year with my winter wheat and worked well, I am going to do it again. I broadcast some tillage radish seed into my wheat early this spring and let it go to seed. When I combined my wheat that light seed blew out the back of the combine and now I have some real decent size radish, and not a bad stand.



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paul

10-14-2012 19:51:33
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 Re: Cover crops in reply to Animal, 10-14-2012 15:18:33  
I did the same thing a few years ago, didn't know the radish would go to seed instead of root when planted early! Had the same in oats, got a lot of seeds in the grain sample - but no problem for feeding. And what blew over grew real nice like you say.

Turnips offer more feed for the cows, the raddish are neat too.

--->Paul



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Animal

10-15-2012 05:40:48
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 Re: Cover crops in reply to paul, 10-14-2012 19:51:33  
I was thinking when I replied that you really had it going on with the turnips.



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