Originally Posted by Huntermax-4
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:
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.