Category Archives: Trials

NYJER in a cover crop cocktail mix

Nyjer as a Cover Crop Mix choice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guizotia_abyssinica Aka niger, noog/nug, nyger, nyjer, or Niger seed; ramtil or ramtilla; inga seed; and blackseed.  It also gets called niger thistle, but it is not a thistle.  Powers-that-be also implore us to pronounce it Nyjer, not Nigger. It is an erect, … Continue reading

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Summer Cover Crop Trial Feb 2014 Week 1

Summer Cover Crop Trial Feb 2014 Week 1 What a difference a good soaking and hot soil will do, after 7 days. These pics are the plants so far, which have germinated, size being relative to the icypole sticks.  Some … Continue reading

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Summer Cover crop trial Jan 2014

Summer Cover Crop Trial Jan 2014. The garden sized trial for early 2014 is sown, and watered, finally. So it will be a “February germination” trial. And from past lessons learned, the walk rows are wide, I can and will … Continue reading

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Summer cover crop trial Dec 2012

Well ,this has been a long time coming.  By request, this is a recent update on the latest trial.   These spp and cv were chosen based on what was available, recommended, and out of  plain curiosity.  They were sown … Continue reading

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Soil Conservation and Bean Stubble – the need for Ground Cover, of any sort – maybe a cover crop?

The Soil Conservation potential of Legume stubbles. When I started farming, for some odd reason we were bare fallowing field pea stubbles, with full cultivation, after running a bunch of sheep. What a crazy idea that was – clods and … Continue reading

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The Big Question – How to Choose Cover Crop Species and Varieties

THE BIG QUESTION. Without covering ‘why?’ too much, I have a big question.  And it won’t be easy to answer or discuss without some background and thoughts.  And I could keep it short and sweet, at the risk of being … Continue reading

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TEPARY BEANS in a Cover Crop Cocktail Mix

TEPARY BEANS T is for Tepary Beans, Phaseolus acutifolius which is out of my alphabetical order, but too bad. Plants at about 7 weeks, garden sown mid Jan 2012, watered. Tepary beans had me intrigued because they are known for … Continue reading

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