Cover Crops

Grass Seeding Rates for New Lawn Establishments

Lucas Palokangas Albert Lea Seed Garden Center Horticulturist When seeding new turf grass, we recommend a seed rate of 4-7 lbs of seed per 1,000 square feet (the equivalent of 175-250 lbs per acre). The following images illustrate what that looks like over a one-square-foot area. A square foot of space seeded at 4 lbs […]

October 5, 2021 | Categories: Read More >>

Managing Canada Thistle in Organic & Conventional Cropping Systems

MARGARET SMITH, PHD, FORAGE AGRONOMIST, ALBERT LEA SEED STEVEN J. CARLSON, PHD, RESEARCH AGRONOMIST Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense L.) is manageable in both organic and conventional farming systems, but the approach is much different. The challenge is certainly greater on organic farms. Organic growers should think in terms of management rather than control as it […]

March 2, 2021 | Categories: , , , Read More >>

Virtual Conference Videos Now Available: Forage Day & Small Grains Day

Albert Lea Seed hosted two 2021 Virtual Conference Days: Forages Day and Small Grains Day. The videos of each of those sessions is now available on the Albert Lea Seed Youtube channel, or you can simply view them in this post. Happy learning! Forages Day Optimizing Animal Use of Summer Annuals Presented by Mary Drewnowski, […]

A Tale of Two Rye Plantings

by Margaret Smith, PhD ∙ Agronomist Tips for Rolling and Crimping Winter Rye before Organic Soybeans Decisions for Less-than-Ideal Conditions Two neighbors in north-central Iowa are fairly new to organic farming and both experimenting with winter rye as a mulch cover for their transitional and organic soybeans. Both of their fields were planted last fall […]

June 9, 2020 | Categories: , , , Read More >>

Nine Things That Can Go Wrong with Cover Crops: Prevention and Management

By Matt Leavitt, Organic Lead and Agronomist, and Margaret Smith, PhD, Agronomist Research and practical on-farm experience demonstrate that cover crops work for nearly all farm systems. They improve soil health, soil productivity, water quality, and long-term environmental health; however, any new management practice brings learning opportunities and unintended consequences – and cover crops are […]

June 2, 2020 | Categories: , Read More >>

Interseeding Cover Crops into Early-Season Corn

by Margaret Smith • Forage Agronomist & Bairet Eiter • Cover Crops Lead Interest in seeding a range of cover crop species into corn early in the growing season is increasing among both conventional and organic farmers. Why plant cover crops early rather that into maturing corn or after corn harvest? Bigger window (more growing season) […]

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