We always plant rye for winter cover after the potatoes are harvested, as well as on any other field that is open. Rye is very hardy and winters over consistently, germinating and growing at 40°F, and surviving down to -33°F. Rye is an excellent catch crop as it has an extensive root system and is very efficient at taking up soluble nutrients left by previous crops. Rye provides a large amount of organic matter and has alleopathic effects on weeds. Great for straw; cut and bale at milk stage to prevent seed production. Seed from mid-August to mid-October alone or with hairy vetch at 90-160#/acre or 4#/1000 sq ft. Organic.
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