cover crop help
Nancy Haycock (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed, 28 Jul 1999 15:54:46 -0400
I'm just in contract to buy a farm in Hobart, New York (about 30 miles
south of Albany), where I'm planning to grow organic vegetables. This
is a new phase of my life and I'm looking for advice. I won't take
possession until probably September 7th, and I know that is very late to
think about putting in a cover crop. BUT, the soil pH is 5.5 or so, the
water table is very high, and it's basically silty loam. (elevation
about 1900 feet, 15% slope) I need to do something.
Here's my question. I need to raise the pH, but will it be too late for
me to put in a cover crop of oats or rye grass?? I'm going to buy a 6
hp tiller, and so that would probably take me a couple of days to till.
( I think.I hope.). And, could I add lime and seed the rye grass or
some other cover crop?
I'd sure appreciate any advice about what I could do this fall to
improve the soil so I could grow vegetables in the spring.
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