winter rye nurse crop for clover/chicory mix?

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  1. Mike Bolin

    Mike Bolin New Member

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    I've never planted chicory before, but want to give it a try to add a little diversity to my plots. I've had good luck using winter rye as a nurse for my clover plots and my intention is to use it as a nurse crop for my clover and chicory this fall in a 1/2 acre plot I started this spring in forage oats. I did some searching online and got mixed opinions about using the rye with chicory. So, I am looking for input from those who have used winter rye as a nurse crop for a clover/chicory mix. Thanks in advance for any experiences you care to share.
     
  2. catscratch

    catscratch Well-Known Member

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    Seems to work ok for me. I use rye and wheat as nurse crops for my clovers and chicory. No problems.

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  3. shawn cox

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    you will be fine, to me winter rye is better than wheat as a nurse crop for a first time perennial plot. It provides better weed control it seems to me. I have used both and prefer rye but that could be just because of my location.
     
  4. Elkaddict

    Elkaddict Well-Known Member

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    I use rye every year for my chicory/clover plots. Works great. Don’t go too heavy on the chicory. After playing around with different ratios, I like no more than 11/2lbs and 5lbs of white clover. Our deer will use it year round, but are real focused on it in the fall. I would always want it to be a small component of a clover mix.
     
  5. Mike Bolin

    Mike Bolin New Member

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    I appreciate the input gentlemen. Thank you!
     

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