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 Finger Lakes.
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
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.
Good Luck, and thanks for the email,
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