Harvest Delays May Push Back Cover Crops

Harvest Delays May Push Back Cover Crops

As harvest quickly approaches, farmers are looking to get cover crops applied. Aerial applications of cover crop seed began in late August and early September, but for any other methods of application, things might be pushed back. Iowa State Extension Cropping Systems Specialist Mark Licht said the volatile 2019 growing season made things more complicated.

As harvest quickly approaches, farmers are looking to get cover crops applied.

Aerial applications of cover crop seed began in late August and early September, but for any other methods of application, things might be pushed back. Iowa State Extension Cropping Systems Specialist Mark Licht said the volatile 2019 growing season made things more complicated.

“Normally, we want to do it right ahead of or as the canopy starts to open up and light starts to get down to where the seed would be on the soil,” Licht said. “It makes sense that seeding would be delayed a little bit.”

He said aerial seeding usually begins around Aug. 20, but with the dry weather that occurred during the end of August, the cover crop likely didn’t establish well. With recent rains hitting the Midwest, he said those who are seeding later should be fine.

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