Intercropping Winter Rye With Corn Silage

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $4,378.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2002
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $4,437.00
Region: Northeast
State: New Hampshire
Project Leader:
Fred Suillivan
Brokenridge Farm


  • Agronomic: corn
  • Animal Products: dairy


  • Crop Production: cover crops, intercropping
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: risk management
  • Natural Resources/Environment: soil stabilization
  • Soil Management: green manures, organic matter

    Proposal summary:

    Wet, cool growing seasons means that harvests are late; this makes it difficult to get winter cover crops planted on time. Two farmers will experiment with planting winter rye when they add nitrogen, which should give good germination rates and dense winter rye stands. They will track germination rates and estimate stand density. They will also eliminate one tractor pass over the fields tha the old technique required, thus reducing soil compaction.

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