Slowing the Flow: A Research Trial to Evaluate the Use of Winter Rye as a Cover Crop, Green Chop Forage, and Nurse Crop in the Lake Superior Watershed of Wisconsin.

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2007: $5,321.20
Projected End Date: 12/31/2008
Region: North Central
State: Wisconsin
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  • Agronomic: rye


  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Crop Production: cover crops, no-till, nutrient management

    Proposal summary:

    This project will evaluate the effect of harvesting winter rye as a green chop forage in the spring on establishment and growth of interseeded legumes. Such a system could significantly reduce run-off following corn silage harvest and would provide a source of forage 2-3 months earlier than the traditional corn-silage to spring-seeded legume rotation.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.