January 18, 2022

From the Pastures: All about timing

Well, it’s definitely fall. With the changing weather patterns, it’s making it hard to combine beans because we get a rain just about the time they dry out. But the rain is helping the cover crops grow in a different field, almost too much. I think I put too many pounds of brassica seed per acre because there looks like I have an awful lot in the field. The oats and rye came up first, but the brassicas’ big leaves are now shading a lot of the ground, so keep that in your mind when planting a cover crop. You can get too much of a good thing.

My corn is out, but like I said, the beans are still in the field, so I have not planted any wheat yet. I’m thinking of putting in 2 pounds of radishes per acre with the wheat seed when I drill it. I want to see if that will increase the yield. But timing is important and I need to get the beans out soon.

The oats, rye and turnips that I had flown over my standing corn are about 4 to 6 inches tall and doing well. The turnips are growing nicely, but in this field there is plenty of room for them to grow and spread out their leaves. This year I’ll have four different fields to graze — this year’s cover crop field, corn stubble, fescue field and the 2-year-old cover crop field.

This week I’m trying to sell the cull sheep and heavy lambs to help extend out the forage I have. Hopefully, I can graze right through the winter.

Elton Mau

Elton Mau

Arrowsmith, Ill.