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8. Cover Crop Realists - Mike Schouten

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Local producers are adapting strategies to benefit from cover crops in our region and on their farms. Marc Bercier, Warren Schneckenburger, Mike Schouten & Matt Taylor

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8. Cover Crop Realists - Mike Schouten

  1. 1. Cover Crop Realists Michael Schouten
  2. 2. Indroduction • Farming with my father and two brothers • Milking 480 Cows • Cropping 2800 acres • Strip-till 95% acres for 6 years • Experimenting with cover crops for 5 years
  3. 3. Cover Crops In Our Operation • Use of cover crops was triggered by our change to strip-till • Started with spinning on annual ryegrass inter-seeded into Corn on manure acres only • Moved to boom spreader along with multi species blends. • Goal is to have all corn acres with inter-seeded cover crop • Still working on soybeans
  4. 4. Cover crops Used • Annual Ryegrass (10,12, and 15 lbs/acre) • 50/50 Annual Ryegrass/Tillage Radish (10 lbs/ acre) • 70/20/10 Ryegrass/Crimson Clover/Radish (12-15 lbs/acre) • 45/55 Crimson Clover/Radish (12 lbs/acre) • 60/20/20 Oats/Radish/clover (15-20 lbs/acre) • Goal being to spend 15-20 dollars per acre
  5. 5. Inter-seeding • Boom spreader to get accurate spread pattern • Goal is to go at V6-V8 corn • Inject cover crop into air stream while side dressing N
  6. 6. July 19th 2015, 15 lbs annual ryegrass
  7. 7. December 10th 2015, 15lbs annual ryegrass
  8. 8. August 26th 2016, 20 lbs 60/20/20 Oats, Radish, Clover
  9. 9. August 20th 2017, 12lbs 70/20/10 Ryegrass, Clover, Radish
  10. 10. June 28th 2017
  11. 11. September 26th 2017
  12. 12. 12 lbs 45/55 Clover/Radish Into Soybeans, November 3rd 2017
  13. 13. Questions?

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