On Fri, 21 Apr 1995,
alice jones wrote:
> Sylvie: A similar question just came up here in Nebraska for pumpkin
> production. I do not have any research data to support my approach
> but I do have a lot of experience and observations. This spring we
> are solid seeding winter wheat and then planting pumpkin about two
> months later. The winter wheat needs to vernalize to tiller, elongate
> and produce seed. Since we plant it in the spring it just grows a few
> inches high like any other grass. We have used this approach for
> years in my home state of Montana where winter wheat was spring
> planted into alleyways of field plots to provide a nice clean walking
> environment for people attending field days.
> We don't have any information on any cultural practice or produciton
> considerations for this approach in pumpkins but it is worth a try.
> Furthermore, it will winterkill on its own and provide a nice ground
> cover for erosion control.
> Good Luck
> Alice J. Jones, PhD
> Ext. Erosion Control Specialist
> Univ. Nebraska
> Lincoln, NE 68583-0910
> 402-472-7904 (fax)
> > We are interested in finding a cover crop which can be used in
> > rhubarb production. This cover crop would be used during the
> > first year (implantation of the rhubarb) to reduce soil erosion
> > but mostly to compete perrenial weed grass (quackgrass). We are
> > aiming to use the cover crop to prevent perrenial colonization of the
> > field until rhubarb is able to compete, after a year. Did anyone
> > have tried species in that situation, when and how was it seeded
> > and what were the results ? The species would have to be winter killed
> > after the season of implantation, so no mecanical control is required
> > the following year.
> > Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
> > Eric Leger, agr. Bassin Versant
Area Extension Specialist
Albany Regional Office
146 State St.
Albany NY 12207