60" Corn

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2022: $29,626.00
Projected End Date: 01/15/2024
Grant Recipient: Rose 23 Cattle Co
Region: North Central
State: Wisconsin
Project Coordinator:
Andrew DeVries
Rose 23 Cattle Co


  • Agronomic: annual ryegrass, buckwheat, clovers, corn, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Animals: bovine


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, feed/forage, grazing management
  • Crop Production: cover crops
  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, focus group, networking, on-farm/ranch research
  • Production Systems: integrated crop and livestock systems

    Proposal summary:

    I am owner operator of Rose 23 Cattle Co in Rosendale WI , a small cow-calf operation selling beef off the farm, I am also crop manager at Rickert Brothers LLC in Eldorado, WI, a 1000 milking cow operation.  I have been doing some type of cover cropping for the last 10 years.  On the dairy it is rather labor-intensive, it is working well, but I believe it could be improved.  On the dairy I wish to plant corn in 60" rows, planting covers around v6.  Chop the corn in early, mid-September, then windrowing and chopping covers leaving the residue and anything that will overwinter in the field.  Depending on manure strategy for the year, perhaps run a low disturbance manure applicator through in the spring or fall.  For the cow-calf operation, I would be doing more or less the same thing, pasturing the beef, instead of mechanical harvest.  The fields for the cow-calf operation will be left in continual no-til, whether it goes to wheat, hay, or soybeans. I wish to build a corn planter on 60" along with no-till equipment and fertilizer and herbicide equipment on the planter itself

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    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. Determine if corn at 60" centers with covers planted between is beneficial to cropping decisions, financially and agronomically.
    2. Construct a corn planter that can be used for no-til with a fertilizer and herbicide system on board.
    3. Determine the best method of sowing/spreading cover crops into standing corn.
    4. Determine if this method of cropping saved, time or labor.
    5. Evaluate soil health and nutrients, along with increase or decrease in required nutrient inputs.
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