[Market-farming] pumpkin trash

sunnfarm at netscape.com sunnfarm at netscape.com
Fri Oct 31 10:04:15 EDT 2008


Bill, I agree that 2 bushel /acre grain rye is the best. I paid $16 a bu for what we call western grain rye. local rye is half the price but usually full of weeds and small animal body parts. I found that applying a little more than 1/2 bushel and getting it well spaced and with good germ worked. I was surprised and my wallet felt good too. I have not purchased perennial rye in a couple years so I don't remember what is cost but the way it spreads and persists I think I will use more of it in the future.

I have plowed under perennial ryegrass, planted sweetcorn, applied attrazine and dual along with cultivation yet by harvest time the ryegrass would come back completely covering the field better than when I seeded it a year earlier despite all the tillage and herbicides. It could become a perennial cover crop. This is something I am experminting with... Bob.

--- wshoemak at inil.com wrote:

From: "Bill Shoemaker" <wshoemak at inil.com>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] pumpkin trash
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 07:03:29 -0500

Bob

Is it perennial ryegrass you are buying for $16/bushel or are you using 
grain rye? We've been using grain rye at various rates but usually 90 or 120 
lb/acre gives us our best stands. We have heavy prairie soils.

Bill Shoemaker, Sr Research Specialist, Food Crops
University of Illinois - St Charles Horticulture Research Center
www.nres.uiuc.edu/faculty/directory/shoemaker_wh.html


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