Last Friday I made a trip out to the MSU Student Organic Farm to check on my research plots where I had planted cover crops in the fall. The rye is thriving and the clover is still there, but as expected the oilseed radish is little more than skeletal remains. In our no-cover and clover plots our primary weed is the winter annual field pennycress.
As the weather begins to warm we expect to see the clover take off (remember it was planted late in August so it is starting out small) as well as the rye. Both the clover and rye will be incorporated prior to planting the 2011 dry bean crop. As soon as the soil drys we will be planting oats and frost seeding clover in the area where the 2012 dry beans will be planted.