Bruce Burdick and his researchers at the University of Missouri’s Hundley-Whaley Research Center, have been looking at managing cereal rye as a cover crop, which is one of the more-popular cover crops in Missouri.
“We’re looking at the time of termination of cereal rye before we plant corn or soybeans,” Burdick told Benjamin Herrold, Missouri Farmer Today.
The researchers compared fall killing with controlling the rye in the spring at heights of 6, 12, 18 and 24 inches. And Herrold wrote that Burdick notes that research has shown benefits of waiting until the rye gets to about 12 inches before controlling it and planting the row crop.
Burdick provides more insight about cereal rye as a cover crop in the Missouri Farmer Today article that you can read by clicking here.