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I clipped my temporary oat / berseem clover plot about 3 weeks ago, I have had great success with the clover in there.
Question is when I go to cereal grain plot in about 3 weeks should I spray the clover a week before or just till it before planting?
Is there any downside to plant cereal grain mix this weekend. With the chance of rain next week I thought I could get it in before. I know it has been recommended middle of august. Just hate to miss a chance of rain if it starts to dry out again.
Today is last day of July. The temp was 51 at 7:00am. It looks like an early fall is coming, so how will this effect the plant date of the end of August? Should I plant earlier say the 15th? We are very close to the same latitude as you in the SE Iowa so I am using all dates you have posted for your location for my location.
I drilled in rye, oats, radish, peas & some clover Monday before the rains. This was in areas I had flooded out and washed out before (it was a 5" rain in a few hours that had washed out some areas I planted with disc & cultipacker & had not had a lot of time to grow & get established- they had maybe been growing a week or 2). I haven't experienced this level of fast flood rain time after time. Got 4-5" last night but nothing had germinated obviously as I had drilled just a day before. I drilled around 3/4" deep or so. I'm going to assess damage asap. More rye is my back-up plan.
What's your thoughts on this seed I drilled in these bottom areas that had previously washed away? My concern is maybe a little on seed washing but it was drilled decently deep but then being waterlogged really bad since it's low ground (not standing water, it's just your typical wetter low ground with good soil), I don't know what to think or what an opinion might be on this one, thoughts?
Plant ALL in one plot in strips or blocks
Alice, Kopu II, Durana (or comparable) white clover 10% of plot, sow at 6#'s per acre with the rye combination in the fall or in the spring with oats and berseem clover. Correct Ph and P&K with soil tests
Brassicas in 45% of plot
Purple Top Turnips 3#
Dwarf Essex Rape 2#
GroundHog Forage radish 5#
Plant in mid to late July in most Midwest states, or 60-90 days before your first killing frost, Use 200#'s of 46-0-0 urea and 400#'s of 6-28-28 per acre. Follow the dead brassicas with oats and berseem or crimson clover in mid spring at 60#'s oats and 12-15#'s berseem clover and/or crimson and/or 50#'s of chickling vetch)
Cereal Grain combo in 45% of plot...we use 50# each rye, oats and peas along with radish and clover seed all planted in half of each feeding area
Winter rye 50-80#'s per acre (56#'s = a bushel)
Spring oats 50-120#'s per acre (32#'s = a bushel)
Frostmaster Winter Peas or 4010/6040 Forage peas 20-80#'s per acre
Red Clover 8-12#'s per acre or white clover at 6#'s per acre (or 20-40 pounds hairy vetch and 20-30#'s crimson clover on sandy soils)
Groundhog Forage Radish 5#'s per acre
Plant in late August to early September, if following well fertilized brassicas use 100 - 200#'s of urea, if starting a new plot add 400#'s of 6-28-28 but for best results soil test and add only what is necessary.
Rotate the brassicas and rye combo each year