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    Cover crop before wheat

    Due to our crazy weather I planted none of my ground this year. I'm looking to put wheat in one field. I worked it down once this spring, it was chisel plowed in the fall to get ready for corn. I don't want to leave it empty all summer and have weeds come back. Was thinking of seeding a cover into it. I didn't think another small grain was a good idea to put on it before wheat. Any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckFarmer55 View Post
    Due to our crazy weather I planted none of my ground this year. I'm looking to put wheat in one field. I worked it down once this spring, it was chisel plowed in the fall to get ready for corn. I don't want to leave it empty all summer and have weeds come back. Was thinking of seeding a cover into it. I didn't think another small grain was a good idea to put on it before wheat. Any recommendations?
    That's a backwards situation from our usual practice in this area where wheat is sometimes used as a winter cover crop.

    Anyway, I'd look for a legume if you want to put some nitrogen in the soil. A clover, vetch etc. would do it.

    Kings has a pretty good guide: https://www.kingsagriseeds.com/wp-co...l-2018-PIG.pdf

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    I would go with buckwheat all day long. Must faster to establish than clover, makes tons of biomass, easy to kill off by tillage or frost and grows incredibly well in Michigan summers. One good rain after seeding and it will germinate and put up a good temporary stand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefarmer View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TruckFarmer55 View Post
    Due to our crazy weather I planted none of my ground this year. I'm looking to put wheat in one field. I worked it down once this spring, it was chisel plowed in the fall to get ready for corn. I don't want to leave it empty all summer and have weeds come back. Was thinking of seeding a cover into it. I didn't think another small grain was a good idea to put on it before wheat. Any recommendations?
    That's a backwards situation from our usual practice in this area where wheat is sometimes used as a winter cover crop.

    Anyway, I'd look for a legume if you want to put some nitrogen in the soil. A clover, vetch etc. would do it.

    Kings has a pretty good guide: https://www.kingsagriseeds.com/wp-co...l-2018-PIG.pdf

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    It's a winter cover crop here too if in the spring it looks terrible haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super55 View Post
    I would go with buckwheat all day long. Must faster to establish than clover, makes tons of biomass, easy to kill off by tillage or frost and grows incredibly well in Michigan summers. One good rain after seeding and it will germinate and put up a good temporary stand.
    Funny you mention that. I thought about it as I also keep bees on the other side of the road from the field.

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    Would oats be a poor choice as a cover before wheat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TruckFarmer55 View Post
    Would oats be a poor choice as a cover before wheat?
    The problem with any grassy cover crop is the volunteer crop you will have next year, especially if you are not haying the cover crop.
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    After buckwheat was mentioned, I went looking for some to order,, and found this,,

    https://thefeedandseed.com/

    Kinda a home based business,, I like to support those,, so I ordered 15 pounds,,
    that ought to be enough for the part of my garden that has nothing growing in it,,,
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    Buckwheat is one of my favorite warm season crops if I missed spring planting or decided to prep a field for fall planting during the summer. Nothing else I have tried establishes so easy or can withstand deer damage as well. It can usually be found at local co-ops or feed stores and if not there it looks like you can get it online as well.

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    That's what I figured was wrong with oats. Wouldn't want them in the wheat. Our local feed elevator should carry it.

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