Advice for Planting Clover with Soybeans

Farming and rural life discussion forum. Cooking, hunting, gardening, fishing, critters, etc.

Moderator: Team Cub

Advice for Planting Clover with Soybeans

Postby Bigschuss » Tue Apr 26, 2005 4:37 pm

I have a small 30 by 100 foot area near my chicken coop that I had soybeans planted in last year. They provide my chickens (which are free-range) with cover during the hot summer days and also protection from birds of prey. In the fall, the chickens devour the soybeans and leaves.

My problem is that during the fall, winter, and early spring the patch of ground is nothing but mud. I was wondering if anybody has any experience planting a shade tolerant clover along with the soybeans as to keep a sod on the soil when the soybeans are gone.

Planting a cover crop would defeat the purpose of the letting the chickens eat the soybeans well into November.

Thanks in advance.
B. Mahar
My other addiction...www.thunderboltskirun.com/militaria
User avatar
Bigschuss
Cub Star!!
Cub Star!!
 
Posts: 396
Joined: Wed May 14, 2003 7:08 pm
Location: Savoy, MA
Zip Code: 01256
Tractors Owned: 1958 Cub with Fast Hitch
FH Mott Flail Mower
Cub-144 Cultivators
L-38 Disc Harrows
L-F194 Moldboard Plow
Cub-54 Grader Blade

Postby WKPoor » Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:40 pm

I have chickens also. One thing I've dicovered is-they will turn any vegetative patch to dirt in no time. I don't know what a person could plant that could keep itself ahead of their foraging. It could be the numbers I have (21) but they just eat everything in site and no patch of ground is safe no matter what is growing on it. I've learned to live with the mud! :lol:
WKPoor
 

Postby Jim Becker » Wed Apr 27, 2005 8:45 pm

Maybe Astroturf?
User avatar
Jim Becker
Team Cub
Team Cub
 
Posts: 11847
Joined: Sun Feb 02, 2003 3:14 pm
Location: TX/MN
Zip Code: 75048
Circle of Safety Award
Circle of Safety: Y

Postby beaconlight » Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:04 pm

Brian plant 2 patches and keep them fenced and use like rotational grazing.

There is a guy in virginia raises chickens in a big portable fenced coop that he moves from time to time as the chickens graze down what he is offering them. He has fencing on the top to keep unwanted hungry visiters out. I think American Agriculturest magazine had an article about him last fall.

Bill
Bill

"Life's tough.It's even tougher if you're stupid."
- John Wayne

" We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
- Aesop
User avatar
beaconlight
Cub Pro
Cub Pro
 
Posts: 7698
Joined: Thu Aug 19, 2004 2:31 pm
Location: NY Staten Island & Franklin
Zip Code: 10314

Postby cowboy » Thu Apr 28, 2005 6:45 pm

I'm with Bill

Rotational grazing. Pardone my french chicken sh# is very strong. I may be wrong but it is very acitic too you may have to use lime to nutralize it. My experence with clover is unless you use a innulauant ( I Know I spelt that wrong) some times they call it treated clover it takes a year or two to break down the shell before it will start to grow. Oats on the other hand grow quite quickly and their roots are soposed to be good for the soil. Oh well my experences are with horses and horse pastures.
Take care of your equipment and it will take care of you. 1964 cub. Farmall 100 and 130.

"Those that say it can’t be done should not interrupt the ones who are doing it.”
User avatar
cowboy
Cub Pro
Cub Pro
 
Posts: 3414
Joined: Sat May 15, 2004 11:10 am
Location: MI, Britton
Zip Code: 49229

Postby Little Indy » Wed Jul 13, 2005 7:37 pm

annual rye might work. fast growimg and cold tolerant. winter wheat? oats?
Si hoc legere scis,nimium eruditionis habes.
Little Indy
Cub Star!!
Cub Star!!
 
Posts: 286
Joined: Thu Nov 04, 2004 11:50 pm
Location: NE, Cheney
eBay ID: falco-de-fiume

Postby pgmrdan » Sat Jul 16, 2005 10:33 am

I think the guy Bill is referring to is Joel Salatin. He has several books in print but I think the one that applies here is called Pasturized Poultry.

He makes bottomless cages and moves them around in an organized fashion on cattle pasture.
pgmrdan
Cub Star
Cub Star
 
Posts: 104
Joined: Wed Aug 11, 2004 11:21 am
Location: Central Iowa

Postby beaconlight » Sat Jul 16, 2005 7:42 pm

Thanks pgmrdan, that is the guy. I only remember part of things. Can't blame it on old age because I never could.
Bill

"Life's tough.It's even tougher if you're stupid."
- John Wayne

" We hang petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office."
- Aesop
User avatar
beaconlight
Cub Pro
Cub Pro
 
Posts: 7698
Joined: Thu Aug 19, 2004 2:31 pm
Location: NY Staten Island & Franklin
Zip Code: 10314


Return to Farm Life and Better Half Forum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests