Interseeding of Cover Crops to Improve Cover Crop Establishment and Performance (2015)

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This project is evaluating interseeding of crop crops to improve cover crop establishment after late harvested crops such as sweet corn and processing squash. In Project 1 at the OSU Vegetable Research Farm, a cover crop of oat and crimson clover produced the most cover crop biomass when interseeded at V4 compared to V6 and V8 plantings but may have reduced corn yield slightly because of competition for water or nutrients. Applying Laudis herbicide immediately after interseeding of the cover crop had no impact on cover crop establishment, even when seeds were broadcast on the soil surface and incorporated lightly. Clover did not emerge well in interseeded plots, possibly because it was planted too deeply. Clover establishment was best when seed was broadcast on the soil surface and incorporated with shallow tillage. Cover crop biomass in mid-December averaged less in interseeded plots than in fall-planted plots because the oat cover crops began to senesce.
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Research report to the Oregon Processed Vegetable Commission

PI Ed Peachey
OSU Dept. of Horticulture

Co-PI Dan Sullivan
OSU Dept. of Crop and Soil Science


Oregon Processed Vegetable Commission, Cover crops, Processed Vegetable Production, Soil quality, Willamette Valley, Soil and nutrient management, Corn, Squashes