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Surprise!  That's what our reaction was to the volunteer annual ryegrass growing in our fields nearly 18 months after they were sown.

Cover Crops: Buy One Year, Get Another Year Free

Almost two years to the day I posted an article about Killing Tall Annual Ryegrass. The problem of a wet and chilly 2011 has resurfaced an ugly head to be a wet and COLD spring of 2013. But over the past week or so temperatures have warmed into the 70’s and 80’s with cover crop […]

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It only takes a few annual ryegrass plants that produce seed to create a weed problem - especially if wheat is in the rotation.

Can Cover Crops Become Weeds?

In a previous post I wrote that cover crops can suppress weeds.  And many farmers are planting them with that primary benefit in mind. But, can cover crops become weeds? Unfortunately, the answer is “yes, they can.”  Obviously we never want this to happen on our farm.  And with good management practices, we can lessen […]

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Terminating Cover Crops – Use Residual Herbicide

Terminating cover crops is part of the “stepped-up management” that using cover crops requires.  Over the past month I shot videos about killing annual ryegrass, killing crimson clover, and about the difference of killing cereal rye and annual ryegrass.  In each of the videos I examined the importance of killing the cover crop…and killing it […]

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This green leaf tells us that the plant is not entirely dead.  While we may have a 99% kill this plant will end up producing seed if it is not terminated.

Killing Cover Crop Annual Ryegrass – How Are We Doing?

Over the winter of 2011-12 I did nearly 55 cover crop meetings across the Midwest.  And one of the “hottest” topics was how to kill annual ryegrass in the spring. This topic is almost like the Tim Tebow of the cover crop world. Some have no problems managing it and some hate it (cannot get […]

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Formula for Killing Tall Annual Ryegrass

It’s May 7, 2011. I received five phone calls yesterday from farmers that have wet fields…flooded fields, and knee high annual ryegrass and winter rye.  The question from all five can be summed up as “I wanted to kill my cover crop earlier but it was too cold, now it’s too wet; this stuff is growing […]

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Cover Crop Annual Ryegrass – Kill it dead!

I was recently in a field of ryegrass cover crop that we had looked at earlier and there is still a lot of ryegrass in the field.  That sounds good, right? It’s unfortunate that it was volunteer annual ryegrass.  This producer had not followed the proper steps to killing his annual ryegrass. We need to […]

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Is Annual Ryegrass a weed – part 2

Today, August 3, 2010 I visited some fields in Whitley County Indiana to look at fields where annual ryegrass was not killed quite perfectly this spring.  Even though the soybeans look awesome there is a problem lurking under the bean canopy.  That problem is a fairly thick stand of annual ryegrass.  I found ryegrass in […]

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