Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cover Crop Green, but Struggling

 It always makes me smile to see little plants bravely trying to grow in the fields of GriggsDakota this time of year. They have no idea what lies ahead. The peas, radishes, and turnips planted in our cover crop mix just grow.
This year has been a particular struggle because there has been no rain to support their development.
 Some years the cover crop develops into recognizable vegetables. A soaking rain would be needed soon, followed by a warm October for this to happen in 2012.
Although they are sprouted and green, they are in a holding pattern. So far, they are holding onto their leaves as their roots try to find enough moisture to keep them hydrated. 
In recent years our cover crops have been lush and green with our abundant moisture as you can see by Clicking here
It is encouraging to see even this much growth. This cover crop will help to hold the soil in place when the wind blows in GriggsDakota.

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