The following mixes can help reduce compaction, improve nutrient holding and effectively scavenge nitrogen from previous nitrogen-fixing crops. Because these recommendations contain crimson clover, they also help fix nitrogen. These two blends can help maximize yields for producers planning to grow corn in the next growing season.
We recommend planting the following blends after late-season small grain harvest, early season corn and soybean removal or after plowing down alfalfa in the fall. These blends will establish quickly, help reduce compaction and can improve nutrient holding and scavenging. They will also work well as late-fall grazing options. Before planting these blends, ensure soil temperatures are above 52 degrees and air temperatures are above 52 degrees through the long-term forecast to support adequate growth.
Winter triticale and winter rye are excellent cover crop options following late soybean or corn harvest. These blends can overcome late-season planting challenges associated with establishment. Both blends can help secure nutrients following late-season manure application and help reduce runoff in the winter and spring months. Triticale and rye perform exceptionally well in early spring before spring field work can begin, with growth occurring as early as March during a typical season.
Additional cover crop seed blends are available — please contact your local Midwestern BioAg consultant for more information on product availability, pricing and management advice.