Click here for the new “Quick Guide” for managing Annual Ryegrass as a cover crop.
In addition to new tips for seeding, the guide also outlines an emerging problem for managing cover crops in the Midwest. Many farmers use residual herbicides in the field to control weeds like marestail and waterhemp.
The lifespan of some of these herbicides extends into the next growing season for cover crops and have been shown to have a “carryover” effect on the success of the cover crop.
In the next post, we’ll outline more details on the types of herbicides to watch out for and how to continue using cover crops, too.
In the past couple of years, there has been increasing concern about the impact of residual herbicides in the field hampering or killing cover crops, including annual ryegrass.
Mike Plumer, a pioneer in the cover crop renaissance in the Midwest, has published a handy guide to specific residual herbicides and his observation about their affect on different cover crops.
Click here for a selection of publications about the herbicide carryover issue..