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#3691921 - 06/15/14 09:59 PM Top sowing
fourwheeler431
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Is it too late to top sow now? Or would it just be best to lime and fertilize and wait for fall?
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#3692143 - 06/16/14 10:43 AM Re: Top sowing [Re: fourwheeler431]
Hunter 257W
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I'd wait. This time of year we typically don't get enough rain to establish anything that's not covered with dirt. Putting lime out now is a good idea to give it time to work before Fall planting.
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#3692265 - 06/16/14 02:07 PM Re: Top sowing [Re: Hunter 257W]
fourwheeler431
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We were thinking about just mowing and liming. We have clover and wheat in the plot now,but if it would help we were going to top sow some more clover.
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#3692485 - 06/16/14 07:29 PM Re: Top sowing [Re: Hunter 257W]
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 Originally Posted By: Hunter 257W
I'd wait. This time of year we typically don't get enough rain to establish anything that's not covered with dirt. Putting lime out now is a good idea to give it time to work before Fall planting.
While I agree we USED to not get enough rain these last couple of years we have had plenty of rain. I would try it.
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#3692557 - 06/16/14 08:16 PM Re: Top sowing [Re: timberjack86]
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I'm top sowing some sorghum Friday in a field we just couldn't get to because it's been so wet...with any luck that stuff will probably be like a jungle in a few weeks. If you've had the rain and it's a warm season crop, I'd throw it in the ground.

Been wet, 90s coming, let'er rip.

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#3692778 - 06/17/14 07:32 AM Re: Top sowing [Re: Boll Weevil]
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Just remember that with top sowing, seed before you mow, and small-seed plants work much better. If you mow first and then seed, the ground may have so much duff on it that the seed can't make soil contact. Mowing after seeding will cover the seed with duff, which helps hold moisture at the seed layer. I've experienced very poor results top-sowing large seed, such as buckwheat or any type of bean. I've had moderate results with medium size seed, such as wheat. Very small seed-size plants such as clover or brassicas work well top-sown.
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#3692791 - 06/17/14 07:54 AM Re: Top sowing [Re: fourwheeler431]
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One more thing that helps: cultipack. Anything you can do to improve seed-to-soil contact.
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#3692864 - 06/17/14 10:25 AM Re: Top sowing [Re: Boll Weevil]
fourwheeler431
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Thanks for the replies! We were planning to top sow clover,so hopefully we can get good contact and more rain.
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#3692866 - 06/17/14 10:29 AM Re: Top sowing [Re: fourwheeler431]
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I would not attempt clover until Fall. Save your seed.
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#3692883 - 06/17/14 11:25 AM Re: Top sowing [Re: smstone22]
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 Originally Posted By: smstone22
I would not attempt clover until Fall. Save your seed.

100% agree. Planting clover at this time of year is a waste of seed, time, fuel, and money.

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