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Old 06-17-2009, 02:02 PM
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I am thinking about planting some rye grain along with my mix of soys and peas that will be planted in mid July. Is this a good idea to help take the browsing pressure off the beans or will the rye shade out the soy/pea mixture too much? I know the rye will be of little value come October but that is fine. If this is a good idea at what rate would you spread the rye? Thanks.
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:20 PM
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I am thinking about planting some rye grain along with my mix of soys and peas that will be planted in mid July. Is this a good idea to help take the browsing pressure off the beans or will the rye shade out the soy/pea mixture too much? I know the rye will be of little value come October but that is fine. If this is a good idea at what rate would you spread the rye? Thanks.

I have used oats for this purpose and it does help but works better with peas. Rye gets alot taller but would work for the purpose intended I expect.

You can see my spring planted soybeans and spring oats as well as soybeans no-tilled into rye planted the previous fall here:

All about corn and soybeans

You can see both my spring and summer planted field peas and oats here:

Field peas

It's helpful at first but once the grain matures and the soys get some height they devour them anyway...at least at my place.

I can't see that it was harmful to the soys and the peas love to climb the oats.
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I have used oats for this purpose and it does help but works better with peas. Rye gets alot taller but would work for the purpose intended I expect.

You can see my spring planted soybeans and spring oats as well as soybeans no-tilled into rye planted the previous fall here:

All about corn and soybeans

You can see both my spring and summer planted field peas and oats here:

Field peas

It's helpful at first but once the grain matures and the soys get some height they devour them anyway...at least at my place.

I can't see that it was harmful to the soys and the peas love to climb the oats.

At what rate would you spread the rye or oats along with the soys/peas?
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:36 PM
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I don't go quite as heavy as I would for a conventional fall planting that will be for grazing alone. Perhaps 60-80#'s of oats and slightly less of rye.
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