Farmers rush to plant cover crops

Farmers in Door and Kewaunee counties know time is of the essence when it comes to planting this fall. Temperatures in the 60s would allow plants to establish themselves and grow before winter halts any progress.  Over the next week, temperatures will likely not hit even 50 degrees and overnight lows could be below freezing on some days. Ebert Enterprises Conservation Coordinator Nick Guilette says germination for their cover crops like winter triticale and winter wheat has been an issue due to the dry weather and low temperatures. He encourages farmers to get as much done as possible now even with wet weather on the horizon.

Guilette says some farmers have had success broadcasting seeds on frozen ground if you are behind schedule, but he would not recommend it otherwise. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, approximately 86 percent of winter wheat has been planted, which is about a month ahead of last year’s pace. Farmers plant cover crops like winter wheat in the fall not just for additional forage but also to help improve the soil’s health and prevent erosion.


Picture from when Guilette won the CCA Conservationist of the Year award in 2019.

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