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OMAFRA: Making annual ryegrass easier to kill

July 25, 2023  By Field Crop News

An annual ryegrass cover crop is excellent at scavenging nitrogen, improving soil structure, and preventing erosion. It tolerates low light levels well enough to be inter-seeded into an established corn crop and grows quickly enough with adequate moisture to help suppress weeds. For ruminant producers, ryegrass is exceptionally palatable to livestock and can provide high-quality grazing, baleage, or haylage.

In recent years, many grain farmers have moved away from using annual ryegrass as a cover crop due to termination issues. While it is not the right fit for every operation, a better understanding of ryegrass genetics and management may keep this shade-tolerant cover crop on the options list and make it easier to kill ahead of the next crop. |READ MORE



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