Cover Crops No Longer
It wasn’t so long ago that cover crops were considered a fad. Not ready to run ahead with a small
crowd, most farmers took a wait-and-see approach. They watched neighbors plant radishes, grasses
and oats after harvesting their cash crops with the hope of revitalizing soil, stopping erosion
and loosening compacted soil.
CLICK HERE to listen to an AgInfo interview with our very own Jerry Hall on the synergistic relationship between alfalfa and berseem clover.
Don Baune - Partner, Seed Sales for US and Canada
No stranger to the grass seed and legume industry, Don has spent six years as a field consultant
and 21 years in sales and marketing – eight of them in the forage and native grass seed business
in Idaho and Washington where he served on the Idaho Seed Board and was a member of the Idaho
Seed Association and the Idaho Eastern Oregon Seed Association.
Jan 30 - Feb 3 ASTA Veg & Flower Conference
Winter can be a very difficult time of year on turf grasses. Some things you should be mindful of if you have not done it yet.
- Long grass can cause disease, and is at risk of damage from freezing and thawing conditions.
Lower the height of your mower slightly the last couple of times you mow.
- It is extremely important to remove debris, leaves, or other objects off the lawn. These things
can invite insects, mice and other damaging pests, or contribute to disease pressure.
The best way to be successful in the spring is to start with quality products. Products like
Skye Kentucky Bluegrass, Tanzania and Patagonia Tall Fescue have exceptional
winter color. So make sure that you care for your lawn in the winter to assure yourself
the best possible start to Spring and use Grassland Oregon products to assure yourself
beautiful turf year round.
FIXatioN Balansa Clover is
an excellent choice for incorporating into pastures. FIXatioN has shown very good performance
and features crude protein levels and digestibility that exceeds that of most other legumes.
While FIXatioN is an annual clover, it is capable of re-seeding itself and thus being part
of your pasture for years to come. FIXatioN thrives in heavy clay soils that can become waterlogged
and offers the best performance of all clover species in acidic soils.
Spring will be here before you know it, now is the best time to start thinking about frost seeding
Dynamite medium red clover into your winter wheat crop. In most years, the ideal time is between mid-March and early-April.
It’s important the snow melts prior to frost seeding as melting snow can cause the seed to
move to lower areas of fields which results in poor stands. With the repeating freezing and
thawing small cracks develop on the surface of the soil, allowing the seed to make good soil
contact for germination when the soil temperatures warm up. Get your Dynamite seed now before
it becomes a missed opportunity.