ByÂ Sarah Noggle, Ohio State University Extension
Wondering how to do cover crops? OSU Extension, in collaboration with the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC), has produced cover crop â€œrecipesâ€� for two scenarios: Post corn, going to soybean and Post soybean, going to corn.
The recipes are intended to provide step-by-step guidance to some of the lowest-risk starting points for cover crops. They donâ€™t cover the whole spectrum of possibilities, but they can help beginners get most pieces in place to incorporate cover crops into a farm operation. The two recipes were developed to address Ohioâ€™s most common crop cropping system, the corn/soybean rotation.
The â€œPost corn, going to soybeanâ€� recipe suggests cereal rye, which provides an overwintering ground cover. Soybeans often thrive when planted into standing dead or living cereal rye residue. The â€œPost soybean, going to cornâ€� recipe suggests an oats/radish mix, which will winterkill and leave a smaller amount of residue in the corn seedbed the following year.… Continue reading