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Small grains are a unique crop in the Midwestern system because they are harvested early – around July – leaving the field open for different field operations and cover crops. This longer window makes it possible to grow a legume cover crop that can synthesize nitrogen and offset purchased fertilizer costs for the following crop […]

February 19, 2018 

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Are you growing rye or winter wheat for grain or seed this year? What’s the plan after your harvest? If you’re looking to add nitrogen for a 2019 corn crop, now might be the time to think about frost seeding red clover into that rye or wheat in late February. Red clover as a green […]

January 17, 2018 

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Green manure cover crops best fit into extended and diversified crop rotations between the small grain and corn phases of the rotation. Farmer-cooperator Wade Dooley compared corn following two green manure strategies: a red clover + sweet mix interseeded with a cereal rye seed crop vs. a mix of oats + sorghum-sudangrass + peas + […]

March 30, 2017 

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Cultivation of cereal rye for cover crop seed offers the possibility of frost-seeding a legume into the standing rye crop in early spring, where the legume can produce biomass and fix N following rye harvest. In 2014, farmer-cooperators Tim Sieren and Dick Sloan grew corn in rotation following cereal rye frost-seeded with red clover and […]

December 16, 2015 

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Extending and diversifying a crop rotation to include a small grain presents farmers with the opportunity to generate biological soil nitrogen using forage legume(green manure) cover crops seeded in the spring and summer. Farmer-cooperator, Dick Sloan grew corn following red clover that was frost-seeded into a cereal rye seed crop and also after a mix […]

December 9, 2015 

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In a Nutshell
• Extending and diversifying a crop
rotation to include a small grain
presents farmers with the opportunity
to generate biological soil nitrogen
using forage legume (green manure)
cover crops seeded in the spring and
summer.
• Farmer-cooperator, Dick Sloan grew
corn following red clover that was
frost-seeded into a cereal rye seed crop
and also after a mix of forage legumes
and other species established midsummer
after the cereal rye seed crop
was harvested.
Key Findings
• In his second iteration of investigating
these cropping systems, Dick improved
his corn yields from the first time he
tried this system in 2014.
• In 2015, corn that followed red clover
out-yielded corn that followed the mix.
• Net returns were approximately $95
greater per acre when corn followed
red clover compared to the mix.

December 2, 2015 

RESEARCH REPORT

Objective: Quantify the agronomic and economic effect on corn yields of seeding a red + sweet clover mix with cereal rye or planting a diverse, cover crop mix immediately after grain and straw harvest of rye.

July 7, 2015 

RESEARCH PROTOCOL

Objective: Quantify the agronomic and economic effect on corn yields of frost-seeding red clover with winter cereal rye or planting a diverse, cover crop mix immediately after grain and straw harvest of rye.

July 6, 2015 

RESEARCH PROTOCOL

Extending and diversifying a crop rotation to include a small grain presents farmers with the opportunity to also include green manure cover crops. These green manures can be seeded with the small grain or, alternatively, can be planted directly after small grain harvest in July. Three farmer-cooperators participated in a two-year trial in which each of […]

March 17, 2015 

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Extending and diversifying a crop rotation to include a small grain presents farmers with the opportunity to also include a forage legume that could possibly reduce the need for synthetic N fertilizer. As part of an on-farm research project that spanned the past two growing seasons, farmer-cooperator Tim Sieren, who farms near Keota in Washington […]

March 10, 2015 

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