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I am wondering what people use with their Cub to till in their cover crop/green manure and then to prepare seed beds.
I have a 1948 cub and I am trying to figure what which implement I should use/acquire to get the job done. Soil is mostly a sandy loam, primarily decomposed granite. ( I got a couple small shanks that I attached to my cultivator, so far they didn't really get the job done, just made a mess, but it was my first time trying to till in some narly 3 foot hairy vetch) Been watching lots of youtube videos...
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Mow first, then till.
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Use a 193 plow or a disc plow after mowing.
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I flail mow the residue from whatever was growing, then disk the bed several times over the course of a week. Then I use the roller wheel on the flail mower as a kind of poor man's cultipacker to prepare the seed bed. I used winter rye this year...worked great. Then in the spring I turn everything under with my Ford tiller.
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Depends on the cover crop. A disk harrow will chop up tender growth, buckwheat, young oats or rye. Stringy stuff, like red clover,needs to be mowed, preferably with a flail mower, to chop it. Mature oats and rye, are best, plowed under. Just started using a disk plow. Turns under lots more residue than a moldboard plow.
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We've done this many different ways. Now that we don't have a grain drill anymore. We plow, then disk to level. We broadcast spread winter wheat or rye. We open the disk wide(as straight as possible), then disk the field to cover the seed. In the spring we plow it under. For spring planting.
Sometimes depending on the soil test results we top dress with a broadcast spreader with the seed. And fertilizer and or lime.
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Lot of information provided. Basically if you are planning on turning over the soil you need some sort of plow. Followed by a disk harrow, then a harrow.
My largest garden plot. I leave the cover crop in until spring. Might mow depending on height of the cover crop. If considerable trash on the ground, I plow, then disk, then harrow. Rotor till just prior to planting seeds.
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Here are some things we have done. With a summer cover (Sorghum sudan, cow peas mixes), where the soil was well disked before seeding we mow it, let it dry some (if there is time) and then disk it a bunch. We don't like plowing it under because it works better as a green manure if its not to deep. We have a double gang disk
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Hairy vetch will winter over some even if tilled. I would start with roundup. Have used several ground covers. Wheat, rye or anything handy. My favorite is oats because winter kills it. With rye some spring growth is possible depending on how early you want to plant things like peas, potatoes, cabbage, radishes, etc. Since I use mulch over the entire garden I no longer use a cover crop. Vern
Back to cover cropping and using a cub. Because of the cubs size it can create some difficulties.
We have been using our cub on our CSA and market farm for 2 years now and we are growing on about 5 acres now. So I don't have a lot of experience but can give you insight into what has worked for us and what has not
Are you organic/naturally grown? It also depends on what you are doing next in that spot. Do you need the nitrogen in the very next crop? Are you working it in to get ready to plant another cover crop? And what is the cover crop?
From there I can give you better examples how/what we have done.
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