Best Plants for the throw and mow technique

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  1. Dr. Wally

    Dr. Wally New Member

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    Didn't want to hijack the other awesome thread. My experience is this works best in fall with:

    Forage Radish
    PTT or the like
    clover (Ladino and Red and Crimson)
    WW
    Oats (but short lived)

    Any other comments? Clearly time is important ; Brassicas and Radish work well if placed July/August (I live in WKy)

    clover good anytime but needs rain/cooler temps to establish and persist.

    WW grows anytime and frost not big prob

    Oats (Great but short lived)

    Please give me some other ideas
     
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    Buckeye Active Member

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    I did winter rye and clover last year both did really good.
     
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    MarkDarvin Well-Known Member

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    Try it all. I have broadcast beans on bare ground and walked away and got a solid stand. Also calculate the cost to try, even if the odds are low. Oats are a great example. They can be tough to throw and pray, but for what it costs, I still do it every year. If anything doesn't take, have a backup plan, like the clover you just threw it into.
     
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    Mennoniteman Well-Known Member

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    Throw n pray, ha ha, that's a good one!
    There's so many different factors in throw-n-mow plantings that determine success, you should practice T&M a few times and see what works for you.
    For instance, there’s a big difference between growing crops on a hillside and on flat land. I did several throw-n-mow plantings for a friend, trying to establish forbes in two newly cleared fields on exactly identical plots at the same property, the only difference being that the one plot was level and the other had about a 10 percent slope. The level field always outdid the sloped field, due to sheet water flow in heavy rains.
     
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    I am in the same boat with oats. I feel like it's 50/50. I am gonna try awnless triticale in my mix this year as I am hoping to get a shorter stock for the roll next year as opposed to going full on rye and having too much straw.
     
  6. Drycreek

    Drycreek Well-Known Member

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    Someone mention throw and root ? :D 1BB510C8-5577-4B17-97D2-65E657A282EF.jpeg
     
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