What's the Best Way to Plant Cover Crops?

When it comes to cover crops, there are many equipment and planting options.

But regardless of the tools you choose, seeding at the right depth and achieving an even spread pattern are key for success. In this video, Real Agriculture’s resident agronomist Peter Johnson visits the Elgin Soil and Crop Improvement Association field demonstration day to check out a range of cover crop planting options.

Johnson looks at fast and efficient air delivery systems that accommodate a range of seed sizes and also allow farmers to broadcast fertilizer. He assesses RTS systems that combine vertical tillage with an air cart to incorporate seeding and reviews options for planting cover crops when side dressing corn.

Johnson shares his enthusiasm for new fertilizer spreaders, but also cautions growers that seed size can cause issues, especially with crops like annual ryegrass. He kicks off the video with a ‘Cadillac’ unit that many cover crop converts would love to get their hands on.

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