We flew on 80 acres worth of cereal rye last September and this is how tall it has grown thus far this spring. We went out and took biomass samples before we terminated it to get the nitrogen and carbon levels. We decided to terminate at 6-8 inches. We didn’t want it to get away from us, as there was quite a bit of rain in the forecast and cereal rye can grow really fast. Hopefully it will create a nice mat to keep weeds at bay.
Cover crops keep livingroots in the soil during the months when there are no soybeans or corn growing. This helps with soil health, erosion and keeping nutrients in the field and not in our streams and rivers.