Relay/Cover Crop for Corn
The aim of this project is to test and demonstrate a method for establishing winter cover crops on ground used for field corn. Currently, by the time cover crops are planted in late fall, they cannot establish enough growth because it is too late in the growing season. A potential solution that this project will look at is to plant shade-tolerant Italian rye as a relay/cover crop between corn rows during the growing season. Also, research has been done to determine the most shad- tolerant and winter-hardy relay crops, but there has been no testing for manure application upon these relay crops.