We planted the cover crop plots with a No-Till drill, this allowed us to maximize soil-to-seed contact, while protecting the corn crop residue on the ground surface. We want maximum soil-seed contact to promote germination and fast growth, while protecting the crop residue to minimize soil erosion, keeping valuable soil & nutrients in our field, where it belongs.
after we planted the plots. Considering almost zero rainfall for 4 weeks, the cover crops are looking good. The 1 inch plus rain in last couple days has given the cover crops a kick start, the moisture combined with moderate temperatures in the 10 day forecast should enhance growth into November.