Cover Crops: Planning for Next Year
We are looking forward to planting Cover Crops on a portion of our acreage this year. After the rice is harvested, we will plant into the stubble a blend of grasses and legumes that will add beneficial nutrients and organic matter for next season.
While cover crops have been used in other rotations for quite awhile, it is a relatively new practice for rice farming, and we look forward to learning more as the process unfolds.
Step one will be to select the blend of seeds. I hope to sit down with a consultant next week and accomplish that. Then we will prepare for planting, which will likely be difficult since harvest is such a busy season already. However, the hope of seeing benefits next season is worth the extra effort.