Retooled Rotary Hoe Interseeds Cover Crops Into Corn

Outfitted with a Gandy applicator, this 20-foot used rotary hoe successfully interseeded annual ryegrass and hairy vetch into standing corn at the V5 stage.

ABOVE PHOTO: NEW LIFE. Warsaw, Ind., grower Mike Long retooled this used 20-foot rotary hoe with drop tubes and a Gandy linear applicator to seed annual ryegrass and hairy vetch cover crops into standing corn at V5 on plots in northern Indiana. Long handled the project for the Oregon Ryegrass Commission.

No-Tillers around the Corn Belt are continuing to find innovative ways to interseed cover crops into standing crops earlier in the year.

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John Dobberstein

John Dobberstein is senior editor of No-Till Farmer magazine and the e-newsletter Dryland No-TillerHe previously covered agriculture for the Tulsa World and worked for daily newspapers in Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Joseph, Mich. He graduated with a B.A. in journalism and political science from Central Michigan University.


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