WEll i have heard of plowing cover crops, but the bad deal with thatt is the increase in erosion so we dont use tillage At all. WE plant covers that are cheap, we have used sudan grass, cowpeas, field peas, oats, radish, etc. We usually blend a few different types of seed so that you get benefits from the root systems (break up compaction/add organic matter). Basically the best thing you can do is park all tillage, you will be glad you did 7=10 years down the road.
i hear from a few not many though, understandable tho life get pretty busy at times. im glad we got those last rains tho.... giving a break from irrigation and all. the beef prob are keeping ya busy? we should get together sometime have a few beers and catch up
I saw your message about no-till cover crops. We have not seen a yield increase in our cover cropped acres, however we are building soil organic matter which helps with both fertility of the soil as well as water holding capacity. We also have the benefit of having dryer soils to plant into in wet years. I am in a part of Kansas that gets about 18 inches of annual moisture (rain and snow). So we can be dry some years, however I am convinced that we are getting better soil tilth (looser soils) that will hold more moisture and be a better seed bed. If you have any questions feel free to ask.