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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-02-2019, 09:34 PM Thread Starter
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Cover crop

Doing late season clover plot. What would be a better cover crop buckwheat or winter wheat?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-03-2019, 10:11 AM
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Both should work fine, if you co with buckwheat watch your seeding rate, it can really shade out the ground. Also it will die after the first frost unlike the wheat. I personally like the grains for that application
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 08:33 AM
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Echoing what One Horn said, I would go with a cereal grain with the clover. We typically use oats and barley/rye. The oats will be toast about the time of rifle season, but it offers some good forage up until that point. The barley/rye will stay green all winter and offer some good forage in the early spring before everything else greens up. Rye can be a little tougher to deal with, since it can grow to 4-5' tall....we have switched to barley to offer early summer grain heads to the turkey hens and their poults.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 12:56 PM
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I would go with the oats

Last rifle season I had more deer in my BFO plot then my Big N Beasty brassica plots. One of those brassica plots will be planted with oats for my rotation plots.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2019, 06:07 PM
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Oats.......dies off during winter leaving clover next spring. Frost seed lightly in early March.
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