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East otis mass
Rgdsolution
May 23, 2020 8:14 PM CST
hi I planted oats last fall for the first time I was told they were annual and would winterkill - they grew right up to the snow then resumed in spring they are almost knee height now. I'm planning to plant another crop into half of them and see what happens to the rest but I'm curious if anyone knows if that's normal and if they'll bloom and produce seed the same as if I planted them in spring? It was originally just for a cover but I wouldn't mind collecting some seed and using the biomass as cover for fall planting? While I'm on the subject I plan to plant buckwheat and that is also well known to winterkill do you know if it will act simarly? I'll know in time but I'd like to try and plan ahead I was thinking annuals that winterkill don't need to be terminated I hope they are easy to kill because I don't want to use herbicide and don't have a large plow so I can only mow or hand crimp! Anybody have experience with this? Thanks!
Bryan, TX
WAMcCormick
May 23, 2020 9:36 PM CST
In the south oats and wheat are both planted in the fall or early winter, and they make seed the next spring. In areas where freezing makes the ground spew icicles up from the dirt, they need to be planted early enough to get roots established before the ground starts freezing. In the south, wheat and oats are harvested in May.
If it takes a long time to grow, remember that if nobody plants it, nobody has it.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
May 25, 2020 11:15 AM CST
If mowings going to be a problem, have you considered planting clover, or vetch ?
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
East otis mass
Rgdsolution
May 26, 2020 8:42 AM CST
I've read that mowing doesn't always kill. I plan to mow and crimp right at the first sign of budding but if mowing does work why are herbicides so prevalent, why wouldn't they just mow it then plant they have seed drills and such the only problem for me is if I seed then mow it might kick all of the seeds around. I'm thinking of just using a sythe for that reason. For now I am sticking with oats buckwheat and clover to answer your question I thought of vetch but I don't see how I'd kill it without trouble? I live in Massachusetts

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