Cover Crops

Eco-Drip wants to help you implement best practices on your operation, which is why we now offer cover crops designed for West Texas. 

Benefits of cover crops:

  •  Reduces erosion and soil disturbance
  •  Provides opportunity for grazing and wildlife attraction
  •  Increases soil organic matter and beneficial bacteria and fungi
  •  Improves moisture infiltratino, nutrient availability and soil structure

Suggested Cover Crop Mixes:

  • Cotton: 
    • ​Plant following cotton. Terminate in March to go to summer crop.
      • Crimson and Yellow Clover
      • Hairy Vetch
      • Wheat
  •  Silage Corn:
    • ​Good for use on dairy operations. Also able to bale or silage in the spring.
      • Cereal of choice (grass crop - wheat, rye, triticale, etc.)
      • Radishes
  •  Grain Corn:
    • ​Terminate in March or April to go to summer crop.
      • Cereal of choice (grass crop - wheat, rye, triticale, etc.)
      • 3 brassicas 
        • Radish, rapeseed or turnips
        • Yellow and crimson clover
  • Fallow Ground: Spring Mix
    • ​Terminate at end of June
      • Legumes
        • Forage peas, sunn hemp, cow peas and mung beans
      • Brassicas
      • Millets
      • Sunflower
  •  Fallow Ground: Late Summer Mix
    • ​Should winter kill
      • Legumes
        • Forage peas, sunn hemp, cow peas and mung beans
      • Brassicas
      • Millets
  • Dryland Milo
    • ​Good if going from milo to cotton
      • Wheat of cereal rye
      • Daikon radish
      • Yellow and crimson clover
  •  Dryland Fallow
    • ​Radish will die, or terminate in March with broadleaf killer
    • Wheat
    • Radish Mix

 

Other information:

  • Planting depths:
    • If drilling:
      • Small seed 3/4 -  1 1/4"
      • Large seed: 2"
    • If floating on: Ensure sufficient seed-to-soil contact
  • Cover crop mixes sourced out of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and TExas
  • Pounds will be adjusted if fertilizer will be applied to cover crop
  • Estimates will be based on the mix, acreage, and if the cover crop will be irrigated
  • Your field is unique - call today to design the right blend for your operation

Contact Leslie Gilles with questions at 806.781.1144