How late in the spring can I under-seed red clover into spring
barley, which I usually plant late April or early May. Is 5
to 6 pounds of clover seed per acre enough?
I was also wondering what would happen if I broadcast spring
barley directly onto chopped corn stubble at the rate of 4
bushels per acre without any tillage. My rotation options
are limited to oats or barley, and I have lots of barley that
can be used for seed.
This field tends to be wet in early spring but then dries
up nicely. The soil is a silty clay loam and located in the
Thanks for any help you can give.
Given the fact that the frost has left the ground and the
chances for it re-freezing are slight, I'd opt for planting
anything (barley, oats, or clover) with a grain drill. This
time of the year, while the soil is loose and moist, a conventional
drill should work. By that I mean there is no need to use
a no-till drill even though you would be no-tilling the crop
into the corn stubble.
I suggest the drill since you really need to get good seed-to-soil
contact to get the stand you want in corn stubble. I'd under-seed
the clover with the drill as well; the traffic shouldn’t
hurt the barley at all. I also think I'd bump the seeding
rate up to 10 to 12 pounds of seed.
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