Pat Rogers

Pat Rogers

  • Pat And Blake Rogers Farms

  • United States, SC, Blenheim
Pat Rogers Blenheim, SC
Updated Apr 19
 
Cover crops looked great this year. I always hate to kill them but it's time. This mix had rye, clover, vetch, sunn hemp, tillage radishes, sunflowers and buckwheat. We'll strip till into it and plant cotton later this month. Then, it's off to the races thanks to the additional N that these covers will provide!
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Categories: Cotton, Sustainable Agriculture, Soil Health

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Elle Smith Florence, SC
Apr 20
How much Nitrogen do you think these cover crops will provide for your future cotton crop? Is it better than buying fertilizer? Is the N more available than granulated or liquid?

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Pat Rogers Blenheim, SC
Apr 20
It's kind of a moving target but I hope they'll add at least 30 units of N but most likely it will be more (what I call "Bonus N". The key is to let the legumes get to bloom before you terminate them. The amount of biomass will also contribute to the nutrient content that is returned to the soil but that's a longer process. One of the main thing that helps with the nutrient availability is (in my opinion) the increased biological activity that I see in the root zones of the cover crops.

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Sam Carter Atlanta, GA
Apr 20
How did you kill this lush and healthy cover crop? How long will the die-off take? When will you incorporate it into the soil?

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Pat Rogers Blenheim, SC
Apr 20
We just spray Roundup and 2-4D on it like we do all fields for burndown prior to cotton. It does take a little longer to kill with all of the biomass and we also increase the gallons per acre some in terms of the spray volume. It will be strip tilled once die down is complete. In our experience it's much easier to work with when it's either still completely alive or completely dead.

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Do you buy that cover crop mix? I bet the deer would love that mix. Where did you buy it and what is it called? I'd like to order some.

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Pat Rogers Blenheim, SC
Apr 20
Deer love it. They especially like the tillage radishes. The guys who hunt our land call it the deer salad bar. We grow our own small grains and then purchase the rest through our local seed dealer. You can order online from places such as Green Seed Cover Crop Co.

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AgFuse Administrator Blenheim, SC
Updated Apr 20
Deer Salad lol :-)

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