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Old 10-19-2019, 02:35 PM
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What green cover crops or green manures do you use?

I am using a mix of purple and white prairie clover and dutch white. I also use annual winter rye which will freeze out but not before adding organic matter to the soil.


What are you all usig?
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You must be far North... here in SW Missouri Rye is fall planted for spring crop... I have used Wheat /and/or Rye, Harry Vetch, Winter peas for winter cover crop.

For Summer: Soybeans, milo, millet (FAST, if I have 6-7 weeks after spring harvest gap till fall planting)
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Back in California, I would cover my little garden with hard red wheat over winter. My part of that state would get into the single digits occasionally, but most of the winter would have lows around 20 and highs in the 30-40s, so the red wheat works great. It never made fruit, but come March I would till it under, and then plant over it in April or May.

Now Iím in Montana, without any place to plant. So I donít have any idea what to do here now.
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I was planning to plant winter rye grass, but I may have waited too long.

I will probably try it anyway, and hope for the best.
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The past two years I've used buckwheat after harvesting garlic in mid July.
Only takes about 30 days to grow before it turns to seed then gets mowed and tilled into the ground to help add nutrients to the soil.
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Winter rye seed has a nice fragrance. Green and pleasantly earthy, reminiscent of Irish moss. A bit wheat-ish as well.

Clover seed smells nasty. Like burned transmission fluid.
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Winter rye seed has a nice fragrance. Green and pleasantly earthy, reminiscent of Irish moss. A bit wheat-ish as well.
I still haven't planted my Rye Grass seed, but I will after the current bout of rainy weather passes. I'm hopeful that it will be worth the effort, despite the lateness of the season.
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In our area it's usually oats, rye, wheat, or rye grass, for cover crop and/or winter grazing. The cattle will usually be pulled off in time for the grain crop to head out and mature, then harvested before planting the summer crops behind it. For grazing, rye grass will often be mixed with oats or rye to extend the grazing to closer time for the grass to begin to green up.
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