Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: nw north dakota
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Covercrop mixtures for the North
Being as it is sort of cold and miserable out I figured I would see if we can get an updated cover crop thread. I'm thinking specifically North Dakota and the Prairie Provinces minus the red river valley:
I myself have only drilled in crops after canola or lentils, but am looking for input on a few issues:
How have the airplanes been doing? Are there many guys using planes? With average first frost being around Sept 20th there aren't many times where I can get a full 6+weeks of growth.
It seems like diversity is the key, but are there any tried and true 3 way mixes that have worked well? I know it is a loaded question... I can buy premixed 7+ way mixes and add in oats or rye as a base, but that can get to be $30 acre + application costs.
I know that a guy should know his goals for cover cropping and I think that I am close to figuring out how to attack it, but are there any good resources that we can link to this thread?
If a guy was to gut a high clearance sprayer to make a cover crop seeder is there enough work or enough of a need in your areas to make that work as a possible custom seeding operation?
Success stories and Failure stories?