Triticale as a spring forage before no-till soybeans

Research was conducted this past year at the Marshfield Research Station evaluating a production system that involves fall planting triticale as a cover crop and spring harvesting the triticale as forage followed by no-till planted soybeans.

Take-homes after year one of project:

  • Triticale can be successfully planted late into fall
  • Triticale can have very good forage quality
  • Cutting as a control measure for cover crops provides effective control while avoiding an additional herbicide application
  • There was no yield penalty for soybeans following triticale as compared to those following no cover crop – even with a shorter maturity
  • Triticale forage adds value to the entire system
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