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Let's get to our question of the week.
Are you using cover crops in your operation and if so, how are you doing it?
A: We started using cereal rye about 10 years ago after our sugarbeet harvest to try and get something established for wind erosion through the open winters we've been having in Minnesota. Very few years do we get any fall growth but it is always there in the spring to help with the strong winds we can have. We still do this today and have added broadcasting rye on cornstalks going to soybeans as well.
In the spring, we plant directly into the rye. We also tried interseeding into corn at V6 as we sidedressed but could not get anything to survive our 22-inch rows, and shading out in August. We sprayed about 45 pounds of rye per acre in the fall with a Terragator and a spinner box.
- Brian Ryberg, Buffalo Lake, Minn.