The Daily Iowegian
---- — Due to the late harvest, the Iowa Natural Resources Conservation Service is granting a two-week extension for seeding winter hardy cover crops.
“Farmers may still be eligible for USDA financial assistance if they seed their winter hardy cover crops, including winter rye, winter triticale and winter wheat by Oct. 31,” says State Agronomist Barb Stewart.
The original deadline was Oct. 15.
The extension does not apply to oats or radishes.
Cover crops planted by Oct. 31 may still provide substantial reduction in nutrient losses and soil erosion potential.
“Success in reducing nutrient losses and soil erosion potential depends on several important factors including choice of cover crop species, method of seeding, and location within Iowa,” she said.
Additional cover crop benefits include: Weed suppression, increasing soil organic matter, improving overall soil quality and increasing infiltration rates.
According to Iowa State University Extension, winter rye, triticale, and winter wheat still have a good opportunity to emerge and grow this fall, with a good chance of survival over the winter and regrowth in the spring.
ISU recommends drilling cover crop seed into soybean stubble to provide good establishment of winter rye, triticale, and wheat.
For more information contact your local NRCS office.