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BSK

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Cereal rye has to be one of the best winter covers available. Better root systems earlier than wheat provides better erosion protection and more In the soil matter. It is a little leafier than wheat, taller faster and bigger seed heads for more matter above ground. Its fast growth gets ahead of most weeds early and makes a great ground cover when rolled or terminated and planted in. I have also drilled rye into my clover and alfalfa stands to give them some browse protection and soil improvement without losing my clover or alfalfa. Leave it till after turkeys hatch then mow creates a great thatch which preserves moisture and keeps soil temps more consistant prolonging clover into the summer heat. Cereal rye with turnips and radishes provides a great winter cover with soil building, nutrient mining, erosion control and food source from august thru april.
Winter grazing rye (cereal rye), is one of the best soil-builders out there. If I'm planting a newly cleared plot for fall, I always plant it in cereal rye for at least the first fall/winter. Not only will cereal rye grow in terrible soil, it will produce a huge volume of biomass that can be turned into the soil for soil-building.
 

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Personally, I don't use any fancy mixes, so I get most everything from the CO-OP (unless they don't have it).
 

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Personally, I don't use any fancy mixes, so I get most everything from the CO-OP (unless they don't have it).
We have too. Do you get any broad-based inoculant for your seed? The stuff from Green Cover Seed, Imperial, etc....are either pre-inoculated or come with an inoculant to mix in with the seed. I have noticed that stuff seems to grow better than just the plain seed from co-op with no inoculant.

The thing that I don't like about GCS is the shipping is HIGH - almost as much as the seed itself!
 

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We have too. Do you get any broad-based inoculant for your seed? The stuff from Green Cover Seed, Imperial, etc....are either pre-inoculated or come with an inoculant to mix in with the seed. I have noticed that stuff seems to grow better than just the plain seed from co-op with no inoculant.

The thing that I don't like about GCS is the shipping is HIGH - almost as much as the seed itself!
Most of the imperial whitetail etc seed I've seen the innoculant has probably worn off judging by the inch of dust on the bag.

Good thing about innoculant is it's super cheap.
 

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We have too. Do you get any broad-based inoculant for your seed? The stuff from Green Cover Seed, Imperial, etc....are either pre-inoculated or come with an inoculant to mix in with the seed. I have noticed that stuff seems to grow better than just the plain seed from co-op with no inoculant.

The thing that I don't like about GCS is the shipping is HIGH - almost as much as the seed itself!
The Co-ops usually carry the different varieties of inoculant. The different varieties are letter coded. You just need to know the code for the species you're planting.

Although some seed companies pre-inoculate their seed, which is common for some clovers.
 

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The Co-ops usually carry the different varieties of inoculant. The different varieties are letter coded. You just need to know the code for the species you're planting.

Although some seed companies pre-inoculate their seed, which is common for some clovers.
Every time I’ve asked if they have inoculant for xyz seed, they look at me like I’m from another planet. Last year, I had to order soybean inoculant online. Will have to do the same again for this fall, I’m sure.
 

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Every time I’ve asked if they have inoculant for xyz seed, they look at me like I’m from another planet. Last year, I had to order soybean inoculant online. Will have to do the same again for this fall, I’m sure.
Interesting. I guess I'll have to check online. I haven't had to use inoculant for a few years because my plots have been growing the same legumes hence the bacteria are in the soil. However, I'm adding some new legumes this year, so I'll need it.
 

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Every time I’ve asked if they have inoculant for xyz seed, they look at me like I’m from another planet. Last year, I had to order soybean inoculant online. Will have to do the same again for this fall, I’m sure.

Last year was the first time we've done soybeans and this was my experience at co-op....after buying several bags of soybeans I asked about the inoculate and there was a long pause....then they said we'll have to call the main building....then they came back and said that they didn't have any?.... even called the neighboring county co-op...nope....none in stock? Bit of a head scratcher honestly....still don't understand it? Makes no sense.
 

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Last year was the first time we've done soybeans and this was my experience at co-op....after buying several bags of soybeans I asked about the inoculate and there was a long pause....then they said we'll have to call the main building....then they came back and said that they didn't have any?.... even called the neighboring county co-op...nope....none in stock? Bit of a head scratcher honestly....still don't understand it? Makes no sense.
SAME EXPERIENCE!

This was at the dickson and centerville co-op. When buying seed from co-op the cheap way, just seemed like it didn’t grow as well as the inoculated expensive seed with the big buck on the bag. I don’t want to go that route, and if the inoculant is the trick, I’ll do it...just need the right “broad base” inoculant for the job for multiple seeds. Rye and wheat grow fine for me, but nothing else grows “as good” as the stuff that is inoculated.

If anyone has that knowledge, please share!
 

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Peas require one type of inoculant, but soybeans are best with a different variety. You can get them online.

But also remember, if you've grown a particular plant in your plots before, the bacteria should still exist in the soil. For instance, I've grown Austrian Winter Peas in my plots for fall for many years. So I'm good to go with any variety of summer pea in those plots. Same bacteria.
 

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Clemmons & Hammer in Killen, Al are the best I have ever dealt with. They not only sell seed but produce it as well. A lot of the seed sold at CO-OP and from other "seed sellers" come from them. I've been there when there were pallets of seed staged for shipping with Missy Oak labels on them.

They custom blend seed mix for me each year, which cost a whopping $3.00/sack extra. Have been doing business with them for 20+yrs, can't say enough good about them. Search online & you'll find them. They are located about 30 miles south of Lawrenceburg, just off Hwy 43.
 

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